Endometriosis is a painful disease that affects a woman’s reproductive system. In this condition, the lining that usually grows inside the uterus grows outside of the uterus instead. Endometriosis affects over 200 million women worldwide.
Painful periods are also called dysmenorrhea. The pain can begin several days before the period begins and can last until several days after it ends. Menstrual cycles cause pain in the form of cramps anyway, but the pain from endometriosis is different. It can be much more severe than regular period cramps, even debilitating.
The pain from endometriosis comes from the fact the endometrium doesn’t have any way to filter out of the body after it breaks down during the menstrual cycle. It creates a fibrous substance that sticks to the organs and ends up causing cysts, scar tissue, and other problems. It may even cause the organs to stick together.
A recent study showed over fifty percent of women with endometriosis suffered from chronic fatigue. Based on this research, having endometriosis more than doubles the number of women who suffer from chronic fatigue.
Endometriosis is associated with diminished ovarian reserve so it is essential to seek a fertility physician who can properly assess and implement your fertility plan. Removing your endometriosis important but also understanding what is driving it to occur is absolutely imperative.