Endometriosis: Symptoms and Treatment
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
A certain degree of discomfort during your period is normal, but if you've been experiencing unusually painful periods, pain following sexual intercourse, bleeding between periods or long-term lower-back and pelvic pain, you may be suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK, yet still too often left undiagnosed. This article is here to shed some light on this common problem, and hopefully help you find the right course of treatment for your symptoms.
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common yet frequently under-recognised chronic disease. Endometrial tissue consists of gland, blood cells, and connective tissue.
This tissue normally grows in the uterus, to prepare the lining of the womb for ovulation. Endometriosis occurs when cells similar to these grow in other parts of her body, usually around the pelvis, and less commonly in tissues and organs outside the pelvic cavity.
Endometriosis is a highly individualised disease, with the symptoms and impact ranging significantly from person to person. Some women have very little pain or other common symptoms, while others have recurring symptoms that impact them on a daily basis. Let's take a closer look at some of the most common symptoms of endometriosis.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
While a certain degree of pain and discomfort during your period is normal, severe pain (dysmenorrhea) with menstruation is not normal and is often a sign of endometriosis or other related conditions. Other common symptoms of endometriosis include:
Other less common symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating, especially during your period. It's important to point out that endometriosis can be accompanied with all or none of these symptoms, so if you think you may be suffering from endometriosis, visit your GP as soon as possible to be sure.
What Causes Endometriosis?
The exact cause of endometriosis is still unknown, but certain conditions are often associated with its occurrence:
There are also certain factors that may increase the risk of developing endometriosis. Some of the most common ones include:
Possible Treatment Options
Unfortunately, endometriosis has no cure, but its symptoms can be managed. There are certain medical and surgical options available to help reduce your symptoms, and most often recommended by your doctor only if your condition doesn't improve after attempted conservative treatments. Possible courses of treatment include:
Managing Symptoms at Home with Hotteeze
Although there is no known cure for endometriosis, most women are still able to successfully relieve pain and will be able to have children. Along with the prescribed course of treatment, a lot can be done at home to further improve the quality of your life.
Heat therapy is proven to be efficient for helping to reduce pain. A simple hot water bottle or a hot bath will do the trick, but you can only take advantage of those when you're in the comfort of your own home. Hotteeze Heat Pads can be used to provide soothing warmth wherever you are.
A Hotteeze Heat Pad measures 13.2 x 10cm, is self-adhesive, and can be adhered to any part of the body over clothing. Its ultra-light and odourless design makes it highly discreet, which means you can use it anywhere, anytime. The pad begins to release heat in under 10 minutes, providing instant relief, and stays active for up to 12 hours.
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