What Is Endometriosis: Facts You Should Know

Endometriosis affects more than 176 million women worldwide, and in ways you may not even expect.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is considered a reproductive disease that can impact the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. It occurs when the tissue that makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) grows outside the uterus and is found on other organs in your body. Endometriosiscan be found on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowels, bladder, appendix and other organs.

Facts you should know about endometriosis

The cause of endometriosis is most often linked to hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle. When hormones change, they impact the misplaced endometrial tissue, causing the affected area to become inflamed and painful.

At this point, the tissue is changing by expanding, thickening and breaking down, which causes scarring. This scarring can cause the following symptoms:

  • Intense cramps during menstruation
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain with ovulation
  • Frequent urination, especially around the time of menses
  • Discomfort during bowel movements, including constipation or diarrhea, especially during the time of your period
  • Menstrual-related lower back pain or leg pain
  • Frequent fatigue

At the same time,you may have no symptoms at all, making regular gynecological exams critical to your good health. Regular exams allow your doctor to monitor any changes, which is especially vital if you’ve had symptoms in the past, or are currently experiencing two or more symptoms. Left untreated, endometriosis can cause other health problems, including chronic pain and infertility.

Advanced care for endometriosis and your total health, right here in Huron

If you’re having endometrial symptoms, or haven’t had a well-woman exam in some time, the Women’s Wellness Center is here for you. We are a staff of all-female, board-certified physicians offering complete well-woman care in Huron. From annual exams to specialized care to helping you overcome infertility, we’ll be your total health partners now and into the future.

To schedule an appointment, call605-554-1020or click here to use our online form.