Endometriosis is a common, yet often misunderstood, disease that affects women. This disease occurs when tissue that is grown on the inside of the uterus starts growing outside of the uterus.
We’ve put together a list of common myths associated with endometriosis to help you better understand this disease and get the help you deserve!
Myth: Endometriosis is rare
Fact: Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women and is one the of the most common gynecologic problems of women equally across the world.
Myth: Endometriosis only occurs right outside the uterus
Fact: Endometriosis tissue grows outside the uterus and can spread to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the inner lining of the abdomen. In more severe cases, endometriosis can grow on the bladder, ureter (the tube that passes urine from the kidney to the bladder), and the kidneys.
Myth: Pain only occurs during period
Fact: Endometriosis pain can vary from woman to woman. A many women with endometriosis experience tremendous pain before, during and after their periods. Women commonly experience painful periods, chronic pelvic pain, painful sex, painful bowel movements, painful urination, back pain, leg pain, and shoulder pain.
Myth: Teens don’t get endometriosis
Fact: Endometriosis can begin even as early as a girl’s first period, which can be around the age of 10 in some cases.
Myth: Endometriosis causes Infertility
Fact: Endometriosis can decrease your chances of getting pregnant. However, infertility related to endometriosis is treatable and many women achieve pregnancy with the disease. During pregnancy, women often get some relief from the symptoms of endometriosis because of the high amounts of progesterone in the body at this time.
Myth: A hysterectomy is the only way to cure Endometriosis
Fact: Although there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are treatment options that will help with disease recurrence and relieving your symptoms. Excision of endometriosis is the “gold standard” of endometriosis treatment for women. With excision, the disease is removed down to its roots.
At Women’s Excellence, we are experts in diagnosing and treating endometriosis. If you feel that your doctor is dismissing your concerns and does not understand your symptoms, we can help! Endometriosis is a complex condition that requires specially trained surgeons. Our team is here to listen and develop the appropriate treatment plan for you!