If you have cramping or pelvic pain during your period that is so severe it affects your normal activities, you may have a common condition called endometriosis. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of American women of childbearing age suffer from endometriosis.
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines a woman’s uterus grows outside the uterus – on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or the pelvic lining. Since this out-of-place uterine tissue bleeds with each period, the blood cannot exit and becomes trapped inside the body – causing intense pain.
This misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does: each month the tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body. This results in internal bleeding, breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions, and inflammation — and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.
What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
- Pain before and during periods
- Painful urination during periods
- Painful bowel movements during periods
- Other Gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea.
In addition, many women with endometriosis suffer from:
- Chemical sensitivities
- Frequent yeast infections
Although there is no cure for endometriosis, the good news is that you do not have to suffer with endometrial pain during your periods. Manhattan Women‘s Health offers several highly effective, non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures that can successfully treat symptoms of endometriosis. Goals may include: relieving/reducing pain symptoms, shrinking or slowing endometrial growths, preserving or restoring fertility, and preventing/delaying recurrence of the disease. Endometriosis symptoms should never be ignored.
Contact us to learn more about Endometriosis and treatment options.