Focus on Endometriosis

  With the beginning of the new month comes new experiences and opportunities for growth and exploration. However, I would like to reflect on last month’s national health observance, and shed some light on the disease of focus, endometriosis.
  Endometriosis occurs when the tissue of the uterine lining is found outside of the womb or on other body organs and structures. Common places where endometriosis occurs include, but are not limited to, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries and the pelvic cavity lining. Image
  The main symptom of endometriosis, occurring during menstrual periods, is pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or lower back. Additional symptoms include, but are not limited to, intestinal pain, painful bowel movements during menstrual periods and infertility.
  During menstruation, the uterine lining of tissue and blood vessels that have built up during the menstrual cycle are shed. In endometriosis, since these particular cells are elsewhere in the body, they remain during menstruation. This can lead to pain and other problems related to endometriosis.
  Endometriosis is most commonly present in women in their 30s and 40s, and during pregnancy, symptoms of endometriosis cease for a time period. There is less occurrence of endometriosis symptoms during menopause as well.
  Because endometriosis has no cure, it is often a difficult disease to deal with due to pain being its main factor. Prevention is key in attempting to curb development of this disease, and the best way to reduce chances of endometriosis is to reduce estrogen levels in the body. This can be accomplished by practicing regular exercise, maintaining a low level of body fat, and to lessen intake of alcohol and coffee. Incorporating these activities into your daily routine could very well lessen your chances of development of endometriosis.
  To learn more about endometriosis, visit the endometriosis fact sheet from the women’ website, as well as the endometriosis page of the PubMed Health library.


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