What you know about Endometriosis- Do’s and Don’ts for endometriosis
Endometriosis is a well-known disorder in women but it does not mean that it is well understood by all. Endometriosis is a disease commonly found in women; approximately 10% of the women are affected by this so it is very important to make yourselves aware of this disorder.
According to the various research done on women, it is been observed that women have heard about endometriosis but fail to understand the various symptoms and causes of it. The majority of the women don’t know that the pain during intercourse is associated with endometriosis, and also are not aware if any cure is available for this disease. Only few women have a faint idea about laparoscopy being used to diagnosis to confirm that a woman is suffering from Endometriosis.
The need of understanding of how to recognize the symptoms of endometriosis and how to deal with them can lead to miscommunication when discussing the symptoms with your doctor. As women think that the symptoms that they experience are part of being a woman.
Due to lack of awareness and communication about endometriosis women suffer for years before they receive a proper diagnosis. There have been cases where women have suffered for 6-10 years before being diagnosed.
- The most common symptoms cited by women are heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Pain during monthly periods
- Pain during an intercourse
- Pain while bowel movements
- Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility
- Other challenges include not being able to participate in regular activities due to tiredness, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods
However, the severity of symptoms has no relation to the severity of a disease. Sometimes severe disease has very mild symptoms and it can be vice versa also. So it is advisable that women should take these symptoms seriously and should consult a gynaecologist for proper diagnosis.
Once diagnosed with endometriosis the treatment is no one-size-fits-all approach. Different women respond differently to the treatment thus medical, surgical and other methods are used to manage endometriosis symptoms. Treatment also differs according to symptoms and also whether you want to have a child as infertility poses a different kind of challenges.
Do’s for Endometriosis:
- Speak Up – It is advisable to pen down your symptoms and keep a track of the symptoms like if there’s a time of day when symptoms are worse or better; if specific activities worsen or relieve the pain; or if the pain comes and goes. This will help you to communicate and explain your problem to the doctor properly and help the doctor to take corrective measure to diagnose the issue.
- Exercise – Regular exercises also help in reducing symptoms of Endometriosis. Make sure you do regular exercises, meditation, and Yoga for better management of Endometriosis.
- Diet – Ensure you eat fresh fruits and vegetables after washing them thoroughly so that you don’t intake any pesticides or environmental toxins.
- Drinking Water – Consume lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Don’ts for Endometriosis:
- Ignorance – Don’t ignore any kind of pelvic pain or discomfort in bowel movements or intercourse
- Diet – Avoid consuming excessive amounts of Alcohol, aerated drinks, wheat, sugar, caffeine, dairy, or soy
- Depression – Never get depressed due to the discomfort caused by the problem. Speak up and get help
There are a number of choices you can make concerning your medical team, lifestyle, diet, overall health, and more, which can affect how well you manage your endometriosis and how well you are able to fight with this condition. The decisions you make now can have long term results, so just don’t suffer silently speak up and get cured.
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