Ughhhh, mestrual cramps. Most of us get them, but for some women, the pain can be downright unbearable. But when this monthly pain comes along with other symptoms, such as pain during sex or using the bathroom, then it could be time to get checked for Endometriosis. March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and if you’re not in the know about it, now is the time. 1 in 10 women have endometriosis, a staggering statistic showing that someone in your circle of women could be affected by this illness.
If you listened in on your health classes in middle school, then you know that a period is not a curse, but a monthly shedding of the edometrium, the lining of the uterus. Endometriosis occurs when the lining gets implanted in other areas outside of the uterus. This abnormal retention of menstrual fluids can cause painful symptoms, including painful periods, intercourse, urination, and bowel movements. Endometriosis can even cause infertility.
Currently, there is no known specific cause or cure for endometriosis. Triggers for endometriosis include genetics, environment (particularly exposures to plastics), and dysfunctional immune response. Treatments range from surgery, to hormonal therapy, to simple changes in the diet and exercise. Anti-inflammatory foods, like blueberries, green tea, and broccoli could suppress symptoms and balance hormones, as well as provide nutrients and antioxidants for a healthy body.
Endometriosis has often been misdiagnosed as Pelvic Congestion or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, causing the illness to go undetected for years. Thankfully, more research and awareness has since developed. The Endometriosis Foundation of America, co-founded by Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, has been making strides in the medical world all in the name of women. Padma herself suffered with symptoms of the disorder, and went through numerous operations and treatments to manage it. Now, she is using her celebrity status to help other women get properly treated and diagnosed, as well as create an awareness of endometriosis.
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