Endometriosis affects approximately one in ten women, but many of us aren’t aware of this common condition, even when we are experiencing endometriosis symptoms. Too many women are still suffering in silence and believing that their symptoms are just part of a normal menstrual cycle.
Raising awareness about endometriosis is essential if these women are going to get the treatment they need. If you or someone you know is experiencing endometriosis symptoms, it is important to be able to recognise the problem so that you can seek help. You can also help by spreading the word about endometriosis to your friends and family, or by joining an event such as EndoMarch. EndoMarch is a worldwide awareness campaign that will be coordinating marches through many cities in the UK and overseas on March 25 this year. The organisers hope to make people more aware of this condition and the impact that it has on women’s lives.
What You Should Know About Endometriosis
Endometriosis happens when a patch of tissue that behaves like your womb lining grows somewhere outside of your uterus. This could be around your ovaries, in your digestive system, or elsewhere. The tissue responds to the hormones controlling your menstrual cycle, so it sheds cells and bleeds once a month just like the lining of your uterus. This can result in symptoms such as blood in your poo or when you cough. It can also cause pelvic pain, tiredness, heavy periods, pain during sex, and problems getting pregnant.
The most important thing to know is that if you are experiencing severe period pain or other endometriosis symptoms, you should consult your doctor. You don’t have to put up with menstrual problems as there is often an underlying cause like endometriosis that can be treated.