Hormone replacement, Women's Health | October 13, 2014 | Author: The Super Pharmacist
Unfortunately, many women in Australia suffer from endometriosis. Under normal hormonal conditions, the lining of the uterus, which is known as the endometrium, thickens and sheds each month during the menstrual cycle. However, for those suffering from endometriosis, the endometrial tissue for some reason grows on the outside of the uterus. This growth typically occurs on the fallopian tubes, the ovaries and inside the pelvis between the rectum and the uterus. The abnormal tissue growth may also occur on the bladder, bowel or elsewhere in the body. While the exact cause of this condition is not yet known, current theories suggest links to:
The normal hormonal cycle is followed with endometriosis, which means that the tissue continues to grow each month as it would inside the uterus, yet there is nowhere for it to go.
As a result, collections of blood accumulate within the pelvis and elsewhere is the body, which can lead to irritation.
This irritation causes inflammation, causing tight bands of scarring or adhesions to form.
The pain from endometriosis can be so severe at times that is interrupts daily life. Typically, the pain will occur around the same time as menstruation. However, for some the pain persists continuously. The symptoms of endometriosis include:
Even though an estimation of one in eight women suffer from endometriosis, many do not know anything about the condition and believe their symptoms are normal. Therefore, it can take as long as eight years for a diagnosis to occur.
Many women endure the pain alone without the support of family members or health professional because they do not recognise their discomfort as symptoms.
Of course, there is not a magical cure for endometriosis. Every treatment does not work for every woman and there is no way to know which will work for you. The most common treatments for endometriosis include:
In addition to medical solutions, many women also find relief from complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, massage and dietary changes.
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