March is Endometriosis Awareness month and we will like to talk about certain misconceptions that are often associated with this condition. First, let’s define endometriosis. According to Mayo Clinic, endometriosis is a painful disorder in which the tissue or the endometrium that normally builds up inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. The tissue can grow in organs like the bowels or ovaries which may lead to severe pain and inflammation.
Every woman with endometriosis has different symptoms and experiences with the disease. Therefore, don’t assume that you know every women’s experience. We’ve compiled a list of misconceptions and misguided comments people with endometriosis often hear.
- It’s just bad period pain
Endometriosis is so much worse than just period cramps.Imagine being stabbed by hundreds of knives at the same time. That’s what women with endometriosis feel.Some of the symptoms experienced are heavy menstrual bleeding, painful urination and bowel movements, fatigue, vomiting during your period, and pain in the lower back, abdomen or groin area.
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- Have you tried taking Ibuprofen or Midol?
This chronic illness causes severe pain, so let’s just assume that everyone suffering from endometriosis has tried taking some form of painkiller meds to stop their debilitating pain.
- You look fine, maybe it’s all in your head
Aside from bloating, endometriosis is an invisible illness. However, endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, and on average, there is a 7-year gap from the moment a woman starts experiencing symptoms to getting evaluated and diagnosed. Additionally, it may put you at risk of other health conditions like allergies, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, and chronic fatigue.
- I know people that have endometriosis, and they don’t miss work
Like we mentioned before, every woman with endometriosis has a unique experience with the condition. It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of illness and the pain can be so severe that they can’t even get out of bed.
- Have a baby, that’ll cure it
Although pregnancy can relieve some of the symptoms, it is far from a cure. It is likely that the symptoms will re-appear once the baby is born. Moreover, this can be a very insensitive comment because half of the women suffering from endometriosis also struggle with fertility.
Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis, but research studies are being conducted to find possible new treatment options. Physicians at Women’s Health Care Research are currently seeking volunteers to participate in research studies for endometriosis. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost, have access to possible new treatment options and receive compensation for time and travel. If you or someone you love has endometriosis, click the button below to learn more!
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