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Did you know?
- Endometriosis affects women as young as 11 years old and most between ages 25-35.
- I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and have a genetic predisposition to Uterine Fibroids and Endometriosis (chile, my reproductive system is a hot mess).
- March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
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What is Endometriosis?
As February is coming to an end and we’re all trying to preserve our edges as gas prices rise and Putin continues to apply pressure (watch the news, y’all), March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder in which the endometrium (the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus. For a woman’s menstrual cycle, the tissue that lines the uterus builds up and sheds if sperm is not present and she does not become pregnant. However, for women with endometriosis, endometrial-like tissue grows outside of the uterus on other organs in the pelvis and abdominal areas. Every month, the tissue acts as normal endometrial tissue that responds to hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle; it thickens, breaks down, and bleeds, which causes severe pain, inflammation, swelling, and scarring of the normal tissue of endometriosis implants.
How common is it?
The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, but many theories suggest that some tissue flows back through the fallopian tubes into the abdominal area, where it attaches and grows during menstruation. Another theory suggests that endometrial tissue travels through blood or lymphatic channels and implants. Some women may have a genetic predisposition to endometriosis. It occurs in about 11% of women between the ages 15 and 44, with most women diagnosed between the ages 25-35. There have been cases reported in girls of 11 years old.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is severe pelvic pain associated with menstrual cycles (this is not the average period cramping). Symptoms of Endometriosis varies and can include a combination of: