Getting to know Endometriosis
Many of you may have heard of this painful condition that is known to cause infertility in women. Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterine cavity. Your endometrial lining is usually secreted from the body every month in the form of blood. This is how menstruation happens. However, the part of the lining that grew outside the uterus cannot be shed from the body causing it to bleed and tear during menstruation. These will then turn into painful lesions and scars that bring heavy discomfort.
There are no known causes of Endometriosis although several speculations have been made by medical experts. The strongest of all allegations is associated with heredity which shows that when a female member of a family has endometriosis, there is a high probability that she will pass on the disease to her children.
The most prevalent symptom of Endometriosis is pain in the pelvic region such as dysmenorrhea, painful urination and bowel movements. There are also reports of women experiencing lower back pain and pain during sexual intercourse. Other symptoms are:
– irregular or heavy breathing
– pain and discomfort during ovulation period
– gastrointestinal problems
To make an accurate diagnosis that a woman has endometriosis is only through surgery. Although there are other tests such as CAT scan, ultrasound and MRI, these methods cannot give accurate results.
Women diagnosed with endometriosis can opt for four treatment options and these are:
- Pain Medication – You can buy over-the-counter pills to alleviate pain such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. If you find over-the-counter drugs ineffective, you can go to a physician and get a prescription.
- Surgery – You can also ‘go under the knife’ and have a surgery to remove your endometriosis. Some procedures that can be performed are laparotomy or laparoscopy and conservative surgery to help doctors diagnose the problem and eliminate the growth. For severe cases, hysterectomy and other types of extensive surgery can be performed.
- Hormonal Drug Therapy – This type of treatment is used to stop the ovulation process which is required to keep the lesions from worsening and prevent other painful symptoms of endometriosis to manifest. Examples of hormonal drugs that can be administered are progesterone drugs, oral contraceptives and GnRH agonists.
- Natural or Alternative Treatment – This is one of the safest methods to treat endometriosis and one that does not involve the use of medicinal drugs. This includes remedies like herbs, vitamin supplements, change in your diet and acupuncture which is a traditional form of Chinese medicine.
If you have been dealing with endometriosis or fear that you might have one, consult with a qualified physician regarding your condition or click here to find out more treatments of endometriosis which help other women successfully resolve their problem.