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By Staff Writer
Along with National Nutrition Month and Women’s History Month, March is also National
Endometriosis Awareness Month. According to the Office of Women’s Health, 5 million American women are affected by this condition. Often misdiagnosed as Pelvic Congestion or Pelvic
Inflammatory Disease (PID), Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus, known as the
endometrium, begins to grow outside of the uterus and onto other areas.
As a part of a woman’s monthly cycle, the endometrium thickens to support a fertilized egg during pregnancy. When the egg is not fertilized, this lining sheds and the woman has what is known as her period. However, during endometriosis, the lining may begin to expand onto the surfaces of organs in the pelvic and abdominal areas, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries and create complications.
Although women as young as their 20s can develop endometriosis, it typically affects women in their 30s and 40s. It is also one of the top causes of infertility in women. In fact, 30-40% of women with endometriosis are infertile. However, most are unaware until they attempt to become pregnant.
The most commonly reported symptom of endometriosis is pain. This pain can include painful sexual intercourse, intense menstrual cramps, and chronic lower back and pelvis pain. Other symptoms include:
The risk of developing endometriosis can heighten if you:
High levels of estrogen also been discussed as a possible cause of endometriosis. If you suspect that you may be showing signs of endometriosis, speak with your doctor. Imaging tests such as ultrasounds and MRIs are used to get an internal view of the body which allows them to locate endometriosis areas. Additionally, healthy diet changes can be a form of natural treatment which may alleviate pain. Removing inflammatory foods such as refined sugars, processed foods, caffeine, carbohydrates, dairy, and foods high in estrogen can be beneficial to those exhibiting signs. Foods that are best to consume include fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich foods, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium-rich foods. Regular physical activity can also help to reduce your risk of developing endometriosis and can lower the pain levels in those dealing with the condition.
Share this information with a woman you know to spread information and awareness of
Endometriosis. For more information, visit www.endocenter.org.
P.O. Box 5201
Tallahassee, FL 32301