12 Fast Facts About Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects millions of women around the world and can cause debilitating pain and suffering. But what do we know about the disease? We’ve put together a list of 10 fast facts about endometriosis with help from wtop.com.

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  • It can run in families.
  • The pain level differs from woman to woman, with some women experiencing extreme pain.
  • Some women may also suffer from abdominal bloating.
  • Pregnancy may relieve the symptoms of endometriosis.
  • Others may find it difficult to become pregnant due to the disease.
  • Lesions are mostly found in the pelvic region.
  • The lesions can grow very large and can affect nerve tissue.
  • Lesions can also be found in the abdomen and in extreme cases, as far as the lungs or brain.
  • The lesions can lead to cysts and pelvic adhesions.
  • Endometriosis is fueled by the hormone estrogen.
  • Lesions need to be excised by specialist surgeons to bring pain relief.
  • It can take up to 10 years for women to be diagnosed with the disease.

MORE: Endometriosis doubles risk or miscarriage in women undergoing IVF or ICSI, a study finds.

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One comment

  1. Ole Bjørn Fleischer says:

    Hi there! I have a girlfriend with endometriosis and I was wondering about certain things. First of all, could pregnancy be dangerous for her? I’ve been talking to her about having kids, but it seems that she doesn’t want to have children. It struck me when I read about endometriosis-pregnancies resulting in the embryo/fetus developing outside of the uterus. I’ve been trying to find out how rare this occurence is, since it may have frightened her to think othervise about getting pregnant. And other question is if there has been any new developement regarding treating endo- which does not involve surgery, oral or dermal medicals. We are very interested in any natural way of regressing the symptoms or the disease itself, since it seems to be caused by an excess itroduction of phyto- or exo-estrogen. Is there any foodcource that diminishes the estrogen level or any other natural remedy that could do the same?

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