Better Health: Surviving Endometriosis
The list of health conditions affecting women remains long and with little resources for research, statistics highlighting the impact to some of the most vulnerable remains startling.
Endometriosis is one of those common conditions which is estimated to affect at least two in ten women. Medical reports highlight that although this condition devastates the lives of many women, little is being done to tackle it.
Due to its prevalence globally as a life altering illness, endometriosis can be considered a public health emergency. This disorder is a common and painful gynaecological condition causes the tissues that line the inside of the uterus to grow on the outside.
This abnormal growth on the outside of the uterus typically attaches to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix and rectum. The growths mimic the inside tissue, thickening, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle.
Unfortunately, this results in severe and excessive cramps, abnormal or heavy menstrual flow and pain during sexual intercourse. In severe cases, it may also result in fertility issues.
Endometriosis is a challenging condition for women to manage due the severity of the symptoms and although there is no cure, many of the symptoms can be managed.
- If your symptoms are mild, pain medication is usually the first step in managing endometriosis. They include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
- For women suffering with mild to severe levels of pain, medical professionals usually prescribe hormonal birth control treatments. These can help with reducing the pain and heavy menstrual bleeding but must be taken consistently for optimum results.
- Surgery for endometriosis is usually the last resort for women with severe levels of pain. The operation allows the doctor to locate the growths and remove them. After the surgery is completed, women are advised to continue hormonal treatments unless they making attempts to become pregnant.
Endometriosis is a lifelong condition which can contribute to rocketing stress levels that impact all aspects of the patient’s life. As such, more must be done to spread awareness and find innovative approaches to ensure a more comfortable life to those impacted.
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