Let's Talk About Endometriosis Why It's Not So Uncommon Anymore
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It came as a shock to everyone when actress, writer, director and “Girls” star, Lena Dunham, was diagnosed with endometriosis. She posted in her Facebook account last February that she would need some time off and won’t be around for the press for the new season of Girls because she would undergo surgery due to her condition.
Women suffering from pelvic pain may have several causes and one of the possible reasons could be endometriosis. About 10% of women around the world are suffering from the disease and yet many are still unaware of it. In most cases, this condition is usually left unchecked which often leads to a much severe problem.
The condition is caused by tissues growing outside of a woman’s uterus, ovaries or in some other parts of the pelvic region. These tissues collect blood but since it has no other point of exit, the blood gets trapped and continues to grow until it starts to cause pain on the lower abdomen.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms include: having shorter but painful period also known as dysmenorrhea, difficulty in conceiving due to infertility, experiencing pain during and after sexual contact, painful urination and bowel movement, constant bleeding even after the menstrual period and high risk of having ovarian cancer.
When you experience any of the above signs and symptoms and you start feeling discomfort caused by endometriosis here are some things you can do: take a warm bath or place a hot towel on top of your belly to help relieve pain and relax your pelvic muscle, buy OTC pain relievers if you are looking for a good and quick option although it is just temporary and finally do a regular exercise. If you still encounter severe pain, a surgery may be needed so you should check with your doctor about the best option especially if you are still planning to conceive.
Endometriosis may lead to infertility. However, there are cases of successful pregnancies by some celebrities. Tia Mowry had surgery twice before she got pregnant in 2011. Mowry had to be in a carb and sugar free diet to help cure the inflammation of her uterine lining which she believed helped her conceive. Another successful pregnancy was of Padma Lakshmi. She was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 34 and had several surgeries and even opt to freezing her eggs. She felt frustrated by the thought of not having a child. Through luck she got pregnant which for her was a miracle. Lakshmi is now one of the co-founder of Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA).
1997 Miss World, Diana Hayden, gave birth at age 42. In 2005, Hayden was 32 when she decided to froze her eggs. Married at 40, she was diagnosed with endometriosis which hindered the couple from having a baby. They then used Hayden’s frozen eggs in an attempt to have a test-tube baby and it was a big success as they now have a healthy baby girl.
There are also some celebrities who are raising awareness about endometriosis. Actress Susan Sarandon was very active in giving speeches and spreading the word about her experience with endometriosis. Sarandon now is one of the board of advisors for Yele Haiti Foundation and Amazon Conservation Team (ACT). Whoopi Goldberg is also actively encouraging people to spread awareness by sharing her experience through her speeches. Goldberg also hosts the Comic Relief show for the benefits of the homeless people. Sarandon and Goldberg are also an active supporter of EFA.
We all need to help spread the words and raise awareness in every corner of the world about Endometriosis. Women don’t need to suffer for long if they know what they can do to stop and help prevent Endometriosis from leading a normal and happy life.
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