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Could Your Pelvic Pain Be Caused By Endometriosis

By HERWriter April 8, 2011 - 1:42pm

When periods become severely painful, many doctors will often try to decipher your symptoms to see if there is something more serious causing your discomfort. For many women those symptoms are usually a result of endometriosis. According to the Endometriosis Association, “Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in the United States, one million in Canada and millions more worldwide.”

Endometriosis is when the tissue usually found in the uterus starts to form outside the uterine wall. The tissue causes pelvic pain as it accumulates in the pelvic area. Tissue can also build up in the bladder and bowel causing discomfort when you urinate and have a bowel movement.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with your menstrual period. Although, many women experience cramping during their menstrual period, women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that's far worse than usual. They also tend to report that the pain has increased over time.”

The clinical term for painful periods is dysmenorrhea. Both pelvic pain and cramping can start with your premenstrual syndrome and last into the beginning days of your period. Frequently accompanying the pelvic pain is also stomach and lower back pain. Another major symptom of endometriosis is painful intercourse, again, aggravating the pelvic pain.

One reasons for the pelvic pain and other symptoms is that accumulation of tissue in areas other than the uterus has no way of leaving the body. The uterine lining sloughs off and leaves the body through the vagina during your period each month, but there is no exit route for tissue that is not in the uterus.
Periods are no picnic for most women, but the excessive bleeding associated with endometriosis makes this time of month even more unpleasant for women suffering from this condition. A major side effect often leading to an endometriosis diagnosis is infertility. Women who are unsuccessful at conceiving are often diagnosed with endometriosis. This is especially true as women wait longer and longer to have children.

If you experience chronic pelvic pain, especially around the time of your period, it is important to see a gynecologist. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend doing laparoscopic endometriosis surgery. During this procedure, a diagnosis will be determined and the excessive tissue may be removed. I can speak from experience for this procedure having it done two years ago, where fortunately, only a small amount of tissue needed to be removed.

Joanne Sgro is a Television Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Nutritionist. She is Certified in Pilates, Pre-natal/Post-Partum, Yoga and Senior Fitness. She specializes in Weight Loss, Post-Rehab and Post Cancer Training. Joanne's fitness plans and recipes are available globally on her website www.fitnessanswer.com. She resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with her fiancé where she runs her personal training business, Fitness Answer, LLC.

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EmpowHER Guest

can you please write responsibly? women who wait longer to have children are at no greater likelihood of having endometriosis. rather, it's something called "reverse causation". they are less lkely to have kids b/c the endometriosis makes it hard for them to do so. unfortunately, society continues to blame the woman by saying...oh, those who waited longer to have kids get the disease. also, i am happy that in your case only a small amount of tissue needed to be removed. however, in most stage 4, sevre cases, much more is removed. personally speaking, i had pieces of my colon taken out, part of my ovary, and even my diaphragm. if you really want to "empower her", please consult authorities on endometrosis. please don't continue the cycle of misinformation that plagues women with this condition.

April 16, 2011 - 5:20pm
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