Endometriosis (Endo) is a condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 reproductive-aged (12-52) individuals. It is a leading cause of infertility, and symptoms may be so severe they interfere with daily life. Despite its prevalence, diagnosis takes on average 7-10 years. Thankfully, scientists and health officials continue to work diligently, researching an end to endometriosis.
The Facts About Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition where tissues like those found inside the uterus grow outside of it. Endometrial tissue fluctuates with the menstrual cycle. The uterus is designed to let tissues build up, shed, and be removed through the vagina. When endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus’ design, it still is driven by and follows the menstrual cycle process.
The results are growths or implants generally found in the pelvic cavity that cause inflammation, pain, and scarring. Growths can attach to any of the female reproductive organs including: the outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. Also, any of the spaces between the bladder, uterus, and vagina. Symptoms include:
- Periods that are lasting longer than seven days. Also, periods with heavy bleeding.
- Pain lasting more than one day and continuing after the period is over. The pain may not be easily relieved with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Pain during sex occurs when growths form in deeper tissues of the vagina and pelvic walls.
Bowel and urinary disorders:
- Disorders can include diarrhea, constipation, painful urination, bowel movements, blood in urine, and frequent urge to urinate. Individuals can also feel nausea, vomiting, bloating, and gassiness.
- As scar tissue and adhesions build-up, it decreases the chances of fertilization occurring. Endometriosis is linked to 1/3 of infertility cases and can prevent the release of eggs and reduce their quality and number.
March into Awareness
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and raising public awareness of a disease affecting over 200 million is the focus. While social distancing has put limitations on specific events, there are still many ways to get involved. Learn about common myths, get endo facts, or help raise money for endometriosis research. There is something for everyone, and each activity helps support the cause.
Facilitating research into endometriosis increases our ability to design better ways to detect, treat, and prevent it. These potential options are then evaluated in clinical research studies to ensure they are safe and effective. The volunteers who participate in research studies make advances in medicine possible. To learn more about enrolling endometriosis studies here at Cedar Health Research, call (214) 253-8170, or visit our website.