Let’s face it. The internet is filled with information that may not always be true. Endometriosis is a commonly misunderstood condition that affects millions of women around the world. Information surrounding this women’s health problem can sometimes be a bit foggy. Let’s debunk common myths about endometriosis, plus what you can do to help other women with this painful condition!
Myth: Every woman with endometriosis has the same symptoms.
Fact: Women diagnosed with endometriosis experience different symptoms, ranging from moderate to severe cramping, painful bowel movements, heavy periods, pain during sex, and pain in the lower abdomen. Some symptoms may affect women differently and can range on the scale of severity.
Myth: Women with endometriosis need to have a hysterectomy.
Fact: A total or partial hysterectomy is typically a “last resort” option for women with severe pain due to endometriosis, even after they have tried other treatments. A woman’s decision to have a hysterectomy depends on where she is in life, her future, or if she chooses to have children. There are other endometriosis treatment options to consider before resorting to a hysterectomy.
Myth: Women with endometriosis cannot get pregnant.
Fact: Women with endometriosis can become pregnant; however, research suggests that 30 to 50% of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility. There are current treatments that may help with infertility due to endometriosis.
Myth: There are many cures for endometriosis.
Fact: Currently, there is no known cure for endometriosis. The truth is that endometriosis is a condition that is still widely unknown. Hormonal birth control, pain medication, and surgical procedures are common treatments for endometriosis symptoms.
While there are still many unknowns and misconceptions surrounding endometriosis, researchers are working hard to find more options for women with this debilitating condition.
Clinical research studies are providing hope to all the women who silently suffer from the symptoms of endometriosis. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with endometriosis, research studies may be an option. To learn more about studies enrolling at Cedar Health Research, call (214) 253-8170, or click the button below.