En-do-me-tree-o-sis?


Yup, it's as painful as it sounds.


Have you ever seen that commercial talking about experiencing cramps and pain when you're not on your period and during sex?



Well if you haven't, then clearly I’m the only person consuming that much Hulu. It's literally been on every advert spot on Hulu and tv.


Endometriosis


Is a disorder that happens when the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. What happens is that the displaced endometrial tissue continues to thicken, break down, and bleeds with your menstrual cycle. However, the displaced tissue itself doesn't have a way to exit. When the surrounding tissues are involved, they can become irritated and turn into scar tissue or adhesions that could make the pelvic tissue and organs stick together.

Some side effects are increased pain during periods and possible infertility (Mayo Clinic, 2018).


Causes/explanation


retrograde menstruation- menstrual blood flows back through the fallopian tubes (Mayo Clinic, 2018) (like when Mercury is on retrograde and there is chaos in the universe, expect the universe is your uterus)



embryonic cell transformation- estrogen can transform embryonic cells into endometrial cell implants during puberty


transformation of peritoneal cells- peritoneal cells (cells that line the inner side of your abdomen) turning into endometrial cells (Mayo Clinic, 2018) (like the good cells mutate into bad, painful cells. Kinda like that guy turns into Venom)


surgical scar implantation after undergoing a surgery such as a hysterectomy, your endometrial cells may attach themselves to that scar


endometrial cells transport- endometrial cells get moved to other places in the body

(like when your amazon package gets sent to the wrong apartment)

immune system disorder your body may simply not be able to destroy or recognize endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus


Symptoms


The most common symptom is pelvic pain. Often it gets grouped with period pain however, women who have endometriosis experience pain during their period and pain may increase with each menstrual cycle.


Some signs to look out for are:

  • painful periods

  • pain with intercourse

  • pain with bowel movements or urination

  • excess or heavy bleeding

  • infertility

  • fatigue

  • diarrhea

  • constipation

  • bloating

  • nausea

(Mayo Clinic, 2018)


As you may have noticed, a lot of these symptoms go hand in hand with what a woman may experience during a normal menstrual cycle. Which is why it's even more important to speak to your health care provider if you are concerned.


Treatment

Endometriosis can be treated using things like heat packs or birth control. Some people may have to undergo surgery for more complicated cases.



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Until next time...

XO,

Nephy


Resources

For more information check out https://www.speakendo.com


Mayo Clinic. (2018, July 24). Endometriosis. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354656

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