Real Talk #1 (Lifting the Lid on Endometriosis)
Welcome to Real Talk, the new series where we cover some of the most common conditions that can affect your menstrual cycle. This is our first ever instalment, so we’re excited to get started!
This week we’re going to be discussing endometriosis.
This can be a very difficult illness to talk about, but we want to help women everywhere with all-things period, so we’re going to do our best to explain everything you need to know!
If you have some concerns about your cycle, or know someone else that has similar concerns, this educational post is definitely for you.
First off- let’s clarify what endometriosis actually is.
Endometriosis, a long-term condition that greatly affects the lives of women living with the condition, can affect women of any age.
It causes tissue in the lining of the womb to grow in other parts of the body (usually the Fallopian tubes or ovaries).
It can be difficult to tell whether you or someone you know is suffering with the condition as the symptoms tend to present themselves differently in different women, but we’ve compiled a list of the most common red flags below.
The main symptoms of endometriosis:
. Extremely heavy periods
. Pelvic pain throughout the month that increases during your period
. Pain in the bathroom
. Blood in urine during period
. Constipation or Diarrhoea
. Pain during or after intercourse
. Difficulty getting pregnant
What to do if you have symptoms:
If you think you have endometriosis, it is definitely worth seeking advice from your doctor as soon as possible.
Endometriosis can make it difficult to get pregnant or may even cause infertility…
It also significantly reduces the quality of life for many women- the symptoms that come with endometriosis can be so severe that they may even lead to depression, so professional advice is essential.
Unfortunately, the process of getting diagnosed can be very long and difficult- but hope is not lost!
If you suspect that you or someone you know may be suffering with endometriosis, you need to keep a diary (or encourage your relative/ friend to keep one)!
Use your diary to record your experience- your physical and emotional symptoms- on a daily basis.
This will give your doctor an amazing insight into your experience and can make diagnosis so much easier (even if it turns out that you don’t have endometriosis, your doctor will be able to confirm this much faster)!
For now, that concludes our guide to understanding Endometriosis. We hope we’ve helped you to understand the condition!
Do you have any Real Talk questions for us? Let us know.
As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!