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March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue.  It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel.”

 

The symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after sexual intercourse, heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility, and can impact on general physical, mental, and social well being [1,5].

A general lack of awareness by both women and health care providers, due to a “normalization” of symptoms, results in a significant delay from when a woman first experiences symptoms until she eventually is diagnosed and treated [5].

There is no known cure and, although endometriosis can be treated effectively with drugs, most treatments are not suitable for long-term use due to side-effects [1,3]. Surgery can be effective to remove endometriosis lesions and scar tissue, but success rates are dependent on the extent of disease and the surgeon’s skills.

There is no known cause of endometriosis but it is highly likely that certain genes predispose women to develop the disease [6]. Thus, women have a higher risk of developing endometriosis if their mother and/or sister(s) are also affected [7]. It is possible that age when the menstrual period starts, other gynecologic factors, and environmental exposures influence whether a woman is affected. Whereas evidence has been weak with regards to exposure to dioxin (an environmental pollutant) [8] some evidence now supports exacerbation of its symptoms due to PCBs.

 

Physical Therapy may help with the symptoms of endometriosis. A physical therapists certified in women’s health physical therapy can help to alleviate the painful symptoms along with improve quality of life. Our women’s health specialist Christina Lee, PT, located at our Evergreen clinic is here to help with a myriad of symptoms that go alogn with endometriosis. Give her a call today. 425.252.1642

All Information/facts from: Endometriosis.org

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Posted on March 14, 2017

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March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue.  It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel.”

 

The symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after sexual intercourse, heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility, and can impact on general physical, mental, and social well being [1,5].

A general lack of awareness by both women and health care providers, due to a “normalization” of symptoms, results in a significant delay from when a woman first experiences symptoms until she eventually is diagnosed and treated [5].

There is no known cure and, although endometriosis can be treated effectively with drugs, most treatments are not suitable for long-term use due to side-effects [1,3]. Surgery can be effective to remove endometriosis lesions and scar tissue, but success rates are dependent on the extent of disease and the surgeon’s skills.

There is no known cause of endometriosis but it is highly likely that certain genes predispose women to develop the disease [6]. Thus, women have a higher risk of developing endometriosis if their mother and/or sister(s) are also affected [7]. It is possible that age when the menstrual period starts, other gynecologic factors, and environmental exposures influence whether a woman is affected. Whereas evidence has been weak with regards to exposure to dioxin (an environmental pollutant) [8] some evidence now supports exacerbation of its symptoms due to PCBs.

 

Physical Therapy may help with the symptoms of endometriosis. A physical therapists certified in women’s health physical therapy can help to alleviate the painful symptoms along with improve quality of life. Our women’s health specialist Christina Lee, PT, located at our Evergreen clinic is here to help with a myriad of symptoms that go alogn with endometriosis. Give her a call today. 425.252.1642

All Information/facts from: Endometriosis.org

Categories: IRG News & stuff, Wellness
Tagged In: endometriosis, national endometriosis month
Posted on March 14, 2017

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