Even though statistics say Endometriosis affects only around 12% of the women in their childbearing years, it does not take away from the fact that it is one of the most dreadful reproductive diseases a woman can suffer from. Unfortunately, too many women are questioned when they bring up their period cramps. Many endometriosis cases go undetected and undiagnosed because period pain and cramps’ intensity have been normalized to a point where even we just figure out a way around it and move on with our lives.
The most noticeable symptom of endometriosis is debilitating pain at various points of your menstrual cycle. In the case of Endometriosis, the internal cavity of the uterus essentially malfunctions and tries to develop outside the uterus, causing a shift and discomfort to other internal organs. The tissue that grows outside the uterus causes extreme pain to the surrounding muscles and regions since this malfunctioning tissue migrates everywhere – from our ovaries to our fallopian tubes.
The abnormal and malfunctioning tissue that causes all the organs to bind together causes pain because when our internal muscles cramp, there is no room for them to move and adjust themselves to relieve us of that discomfort. As a result, this manifests in super painful periods and heavy bleeding during your cycle.
Iron deficiency, compromised immune systems, bad ecology, improper methods of contraception, multiple abortions, etc., are the prime causes of endometriosis in menstruators. High rates of infertility, pain while urinating or during bowel movements, and primary dysmenorrhea are the top symptoms of endometriosis. Keeping a tab on such recurring symptoms during your period could help diagnose endometriosis at a treatable stage.
Most endometrial cases are also hereditary, and these issues are often present in the body from a very young age, even before menarche. In such cases, diet and lifestyle control can be the only way to treat endometriosis.
Notwithstanding, sometimes, some period cycles are just worse for different reasons! Not every painful period should be diagnosed as endometriosis, but it is important to keep an eye out for any repetitive symptoms that are extreme in nature.
Notice how your periods worsen when exposed to abnormally stressful situations? This could be anything from heavy workloads to improper/changes in diets, big lifestyle changes like shifting places, or the death of a loved one, any of these could influence your period sometimes. Periods also tend to shift and change from your past experiences if you are in the process of trying to conceive a baby or suffering from a pregnancy loss. Not every twinge of pain is bad; sometimes, it’s just life.
To keep your menstrual health in check, some simple things you could do are – exercise regularly, eat a healthy and balanced diet, practice mindfulness and discipline in your lifestyle, and surround yourself with a positive environment. Realistic goals can be achieved if you work towards them, and sometimes, all it takes is a little push.
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Reference link: https://www.uclahealth.org/obgyn/endometriosis