Endometriosis: Myths & Facts
March is endometriosis awareness month. Awareness is crucial to help the 1 in 10 women who are diagnosed each year – many of which have been previously misdiagnosed. Endometriosis is caused when the endometrial tissue (uterine lining) grows outside of the uterus and into other areas of the body. This misplaced tissue causes inflammation, scar tissue and adhesions. The physicians at Sincera are sharing common myths and facts about endometriosis.
Myth: Endometriosis only affects reproductive organs
Fact: Endometriosis can impact your overall health
Endometriosis is caused when the endometrial tissue (uterine lining) grows outside of the uterus and into other areas of the body. This misplaced tissue causes inflammation, scar tissue and adhesions in the pelvic area, as well as the stomach or bowels.
Myth: Endometriosis doesn’t affect your ability to conceive
Fact: Endometriosis can cause infertility
Endometriosis is in fact, a common cause of infertility. Up to 50% of women experiencing infertility are diagnosed with infertility. There are options that can help, including surgical procedures to remove endometrial lesions prior to beginning treatment. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of the most successful fertility treatment options for those with endometriosis, and is the most successful treatment overall.
Myth: Endometriosis is a rare condition
Fact: Endometriosis impacts millions of women
Endometriosis is a common, yet often misdiagnosed. Many women go several years, and frequently see a number of specialists prior to getting a proper diagnosis. Catching endometriosis in earlier stages helps increase fertility success rates and allows surgeons to accurately remove lesions and preserve the health of reproductive organs.
Myth: Endometriosis can’t be fixed
Fact: There are various treatment options
Although there is no cure for endometriosis, doctors are able to provide relief to symptoms and help those suffering battle the uncomfortable side effects. There are both oral medications and surgical options that can help.
Creating awareness and education about endometriosis is crucial to encourage correct diagnosis and treatment plans for those affected by this chronic condition. If you are suffering from infertility caused by endometriosis, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.