Endometriosis causes inflammation, scarring, and other painful symptoms. It can also contribute to infertility or difficulty getting pregnant.
Some of these symptoms are often severe and can prevent you from being able to function. Symptoms can include:
- Severe menstrual cramps
- Painful intercourse
- Painful urination/bowel movements
- Low back and abdominal pain
- Gastrointestinal issues such as; diarrhea, constipation and nausea.
Fact: For women with endometriosis, these symptoms can be experienced during menstruation (4 to 6 days every 28 days). Which means 48-72 days out of every year, these women suffer from a variety of difficult symptoms.
Fact: There is no definite treatment for those with endometriosis and often finding the right treatment can be very stressful and costly.
Fact: The symptoms caused by endometriosis can lead to anxiety and depression which can compound into a larger issue.
If you need to take time off work, you may be able to use your insurance benefits to help you recover. It may take a trial and error period of trying different therapies as well as lifestyle and diet changes to manage the disorder. But if you are suffering from endometriosis, the first step is to acknowledge your symptoms and seek medical attention.
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