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Essential Endometriosis Facts That Every Woman Needs to Know

Endometriosis is an enigmatic condition that affects approximately 10% of American women during their reproductive years.

Unfortunately, there are still many women and men who don’t know what endometriosis is or what to do about it. The best way to begin is by becoming aware of a few essential endometriosis facts.

Start at the Beginning: What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where “out of place” tissue forms on the outside of the uterus like a lesion. It is similar to the tissue on the inside of the uterine lining, and can go through a cycle just like the menstrual cycle. This endometrial tissue is likely to cause severe pain, painful urination, and discomfort during bowel movements.

No Single Symptom Makes Endometriosis Enigmatic

There are numerous symptoms associated with endometriosis, though not everyone will experience the same ones. There can be very painful periods, chronic pelvic pain between periods, and pain that can be felt both during and after sex. One of the worst symptoms of endometriosis is that this severe pain does not go away. In addition, a woman with endometriosis can have painful ovulation, heavy bleeding, fatigue, and infertility.

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Because lots of individuals report their symptoms as “all over the place,” it may be difficult to diagnose their condition right away, which leads many assume their pain must be caused by something else. Combined confusion can delay an accurate diagnosis for years, and this results in needed treatment to be delayed.

Endometriosis Can Start in Early Puberty

The sad fact is this condition can occur as early as a young girl’s first period, prompting them to think their awful menstrual cycle is just a normal monthly occurrence. Another sad fact is that symptoms can continue during menopause due to scar tissue.

There Is No Known Cause

Although no known single cause has been discovered yet, many researchers believe it is genetic predisposition. If your mother and/or sister had endometriosis, you are at a higher risk to develop it too.

There Is No Known Cure

Again, there is no known cure for Endometriosis, but it can be treated to relieve the worst of your symptoms.

Endometriosis Is Associated with Infertility

Approximately 30 – 50% of women with endometriosis are infertile. This is not written in stone, and it does not definitively mean that this condition causes infertility, as there are many different reasons why a woman may be infertile.

You Must Tell Your Doctor About Your Symptoms

No one else will tell them if you don’t. Be your own advocate and explain in detail the pain, how intense it is, how often it occurs, and where it is located.

Visit speakendo.com if you find it difficult to communicate with your physician. On this site you will find tips on how to clearly explain your symptoms to Winter Haven Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Surgery Is an Option but Not a Necessity to Treat Endometriosis

Surgery is usually recommended as a last resort to treating endometriosis, and only if all the other options have been tried with no improvement.

OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, hormone treatments, warm baths and heating pads at home, and alternative medicine like acupuncture are all possible treatments to try before considering surgery.

Only you and Winter Haven Obstetrics & Gynecology can decide what treatments are best for you.

If you suspect your pain may be caused by endometriosis, contact Winter Haven Obstetrics & Gynecology for an examination.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (863) 299-1107 or request an appointment online today!

COVID-19 Update

Winter Haven Obstetrics & Gynecology is committed to your health, which is why we are still open and seeing patients for most appointment types. Please call us today to schedule your appointment!

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As always, we will be closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (863) 299-1107. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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