March is Endometriosis Awareness Month – Learn About the Signs/Symptoms

March is an important month for women’s health because it raises awareness for Endometriosis.

Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, which can cause pain and infertility. There is no known cure for Endometriosis, but various medications, steroids, and surgeries can help to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.

Endometriosis Awareness Month sheds light on the moderate to severe symptoms women experience with this condition. Common symptoms include painful periods, chronic pelvic pain, pain during urination, fatigue, nausea, and more [1]. Sometimes symptoms can be so severe for women that they are unable to perform daily tasks, go to work/school, or have intimate moments with a partner.

There is no specific cause for Endometriosis, but three factors play a role in the condition [1].

  1. Retrograde Menstruation – when endometrial cells flow back into the fallopian tubes, leading to a “reverse period.” From there, the endometrial cells attach to the uterus and grow.
  2. Cellular Metaplasia – when normal cells outside the uterus change to endometrial cells and spread.
  3. When normal cells in the body transform into endometrial cells and travel through the blood.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hill at Associates in Women’s Health in Youngstown, Ohio for an evaluation.

Resources

  1. Endometriosis.” March 31, 2021. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/endometriosis

 

 

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