Do you suffer from periods that are heavier than usual? Are you suffering from severe cramps before or during your cycle? These symptoms can occur during a pre-menstrual cycle, but it may also be a sign of a disorder called Endometriosis.
Endometriosis, a disorder of the uterus, wherein the lining grows outside the uterus and may be found on the surrounding organs (in the pelvic region) including the ovaries or fallopian tubes. It is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. (see www.endometriosis.org for additional information). Some symptoms of the disorder include the following:
a) Excruciating menstrual cramps;
b) Pain during or after intercourse; and
c) Lower abdomen pain.
2. Heavy menstrual cycles;
3. Infertility (or a woman’s ability to get pregnant.); and
4. Gastrointestinal upset including nausea.
Women often do not know that they have endometriosis because they may only suffer from one of the symptoms and not all of them. There are also women who have been suffering from the disorder since they began menstruating, as is the case with Katherine (name changed to protect privacy). Katherine stated that “she had bad cycles from the beginning and suffered with them until she finally reached out for a solution.” It is so important for women to understand their bodies and to reach out to a doctor, if necessary as there are treatment options available.
While there is no cure for the disorder, endometriosis can be found by a visit with your doctor. You can also discuss one of the many treatment options that could potentially work for you. Please visit www.endometriosis.org for more information.