Understanding Endometriosis: What It Is and Its Symptoms
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful disorder caused by the endometrium or the lining of the uterus. It can develop anywhere in the body and commonly occurs in the pelvic areas. It includes the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the exterior of the uterus. With endometriosis, the tissue breaks down and has no means of being expelled from the body. It causes painful adhesions or scar tissue.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. When the tissue becomes trapped in your pelvis it can cause irritation, scar formation, severe pain during your period, and fertility problems. Although some women experience cramping during their menstrual period, some have reported that the menstrual pain and bleeding are worse than usual. The pain also occurs during intercourse, bowel movements, urination, and can cause lower back pain.
Endometriosis can be extremely painful, and it’s more common than most people realize. Roughly 10% of women worldwide have endometriosis. It affects women between 15 to 44 years old, but much common among women in their 30s and 40s.
If you are diagnosed with endometriosis and have trouble conceiving, please speak with your physician to see if fertility treatments are right for you. Every woman is unique and challenges surrounding conceiving could be related to something entirely different. It’s always best to discuss all possibilities with your physician. Contact Neway Fertility to schedule your first appointment with us.