March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis affects at least 5.5 million women in North America alone. Endometriosis is an often painful condition in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, or the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. Most commonly endometriosis involves the ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining the pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.
Endometriosis can cause pain, sometimes severe. Common symptoms can include very painful cramps or periods, heavy periods, chronic pelvic pain, intestinal pain, pain during or after sex and infertility.
Fortunately there are effective treatments available. Treatment for endometriosis is usually with medications or surgery. The approach chosen will depend on the severity of signs and symptoms and whether a woman hopes to become pregnant. Common treatments include pain medications, hormone therapy and surgery (laparoscopy or laparotomy).
For more information contact the health providers at Total Women’s Healthcare.