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March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

What is Endometriosis?

  • Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and problems getting pregnant.
  • Endometriosis is still a fairly "unknown" illness, despite the fact that it is one of the most common gynecological problems. It often takes a long time before it is diagnosed.
  • Extremely painful periods may be a sign of endometriosis.

The most obvious symptoms of endometriosis are very strong pains and cramps in the lower abdomen. To start off with, these normally occur during the woman's monthly period, but as the illness progresses they may be felt at other times of the month too. The pain sometimes radiates to the woman's back and down her legs, and is often associated with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The following symptoms may be signs of endometriosis:

  • Strong period pains (dysmenorrhea) that are so bad that low doses of painkillers do not help and the affected women are unable to perform their daily activities or go to work.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia) or afterwards, which is normally described as burning or cramp-like.
  • Pain of varying intensity in different parts of the lower abdomen that also occurs between periods.
  • Feeling full, painful bowel movements, and bladder or bowel problems.

For more information read about Endometriosis Awareness Month and look over a fact sheet about endometriosis.

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