What is Endometriosis and why you should know about it

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Though most women haven't heard of the condition, endometriosis plagued women with fertilisation complications and chronic pain during their period.

It is a common condition that woman have, but have you heard of endometriosis?

According to a Parent Herald report, it is a medical condition affecting a women's ability to conceive as well as the stages of her pregnancy. Not only that, this chronic disorder also causes pelvic pain.

“Though most women haven't heard of the condition, endometriosis plagued women with fertilisation complications and chronic pain during their period,” the report said. “Almost six million, which is around 4 percent of the total population of females in the United States, are affected with endometriosis.”

Because most women don’t know they have it, their condition is neglected, mistaking its common symptoms as normal part of their lives.

Women who have endometriosis may experience severe cramps during their period, pain during sex, infertility and fatigue.

They are also more prone to yeast infections, allergies, and they are highly sensitive to chemicals.

Women could experience either side of the extremes when it comes to symptoms: some would experience nosebleeds and severe migraines, while for some it may be just muscle cramps.

“Endometriosis may affect millions but its main cause is still not distinguished,” the same report said. “It affects women as young as 14, while others experience it during their menopausal years.”

Once diagnosed with it, doctors may prescribe over-the-counter pain killers to ease the discomfort, but according to Mayo Clinic it no longer works for some women.

Numerous treatments are available in treating endometriosis, the most common of which is birth control.

Both injectables and IUD can help correct the condition, but if endometriosis persists even with the intake of pills, a surgery may be required, aid the report.

“Laparoscopy needs to be done in having endometriosis diagnosed. It is a surgical procedure wherein a camera is being used to examine the individual's abdomen and also extract a tissue sample.

“Ultrasound is also another option to diagnose the condition.”

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Written by

James Martinez