The month of March is dedicated to raising awareness for endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a common disease in which the tissue (endometrium) sheds each month with menstruation or pregnancy, and grows in locations outside the uterus.

It affects one in ten women and causes extreme pain.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

Endometriosis can be so bad that it can stop you from day to day activities.

Pain generally accompanies your period; however, it can be a constant for some women.

The symptoms of endometriosis can include:

  • painful periods
  • pain with sex
  • pelvic pain
  • ovulation pain
  • pain in the lower back and thighs
  • bowel symptoms
  • bladder symptoms
  • reduced fertility
  • nausea and lethargy
  • PMS

How is the diagnosis made?

The only way that a diagnosis can be made is to undergo a laparoscopy and have a biopsy (tissue sample) taken.

How can we treat endometriosis?

  • Medical treatments (medications)
  • Surgical treatments (involving an operation)
  • Complementary treatments (physiotherapy, psychology, alternate medicine, etc)

Five Quick Endometriosis Facts

  1. There is no cure for endometriosis but it can be treated
  1.  Endometriosis cannot be prevented
  1. Endometriosis does not always cause infertility
  1. Period pain is NOT normal
  1. You can not catch endometriosis

For more information, go to Endo Active or Endometriosis Australia https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org/