Facts on Endometriosis:
- Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells similar to those found in the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and infertility.
- 176 Million Women have endometriosis (that's 1 out of 10!)
- The average age a woman gets diagnosed with endo is 27.
- Endometriosis has no known cause or cure
- Treatments for endometriosis include hormone therapy (birth control), NSAIDS (motrin), narcotics, and surgery (sometimes many surgeries).
- There are various surgical techniques. Current science suggests that excision is the most effective treatment of endometriosis.
- It is the 3rd leading cause of infertility, but least treated and is often misdiagnosed.
- Dietary changes may help to control some endo symptoms-foods that decrease inflammation, gluten free, and no grains!
- Endometriosis can only be diagnosed through surgery and generally does not show up on tests such as MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds.
- It has 4 stages-I being the most mild and IV the most severe.
- Ice tends to help me more than heat (though some girls say heat works for them)
- Positive Attitude really does make the difference!
- Ask questions if you have them (It's your body)-this one was super hard for me as I found my questions to be embarrassing or dumb at times
- Support system is the strongest thing you will ever have-appreciate the help even if you get frustrated
- Post op-the nurses gave me an abdominal binder-actually made me comfortable for walking around the halls
- Post-op-lay flat to level your body out-I used to get pains in my shoulders from the air moving until my anesthesiologist told me that laying flat helps to move the air back to your pelvis and helps it leave the body faster
- The Diet-now I know it's awful and there are a lot of variations to it, but chocolate and caffeine really did make my pain worse (I started to watch my foods more carefully after the symptoms got worse to learn what helped and hurt me)