It’s a tale as old as time, endometriosis being written off as a “bad period.” Endometriosis is more than a difficult menstrual cycle, although that can be a symptom. This chronic condition has flown under the radar for far too long and our Luminary providers are ready to bust the stereotypes and stigma surrounding endometriosis!
First and foremost, if you suffer from endometriosis—you are not alone! Approximately 10% of women suffer from this gynecological condition, it is very common.
What is endometriosis, some may be wondering. Endometriosis is a condition in which a tissue similar to the tissue that forms the lining of one’s uterus, begins to grow outside of the uterus. Endometrial lesions are commonly found in the pelvic region, on organs including, but not limited to, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, or intestines. Depending on where one’s lesions are located, can affect the symptoms in which they are experiencing.
The symptoms of endometriosis vary from person to person; while some may experience a range of symptoms—others may not experience any symptoms at all. The most common symptoms include painful menstrual cycles, pelvic pain in between cycles, and pain with intercourse. Sometimes endometriosis is categorized into four stages. Stage 1 is minimal, while stage 4 is the most severe. The stage of endometriosis is determined by a variety of factors such as location, depth, amount, and size of lesions.
Women of all ages are at risk for endometriosis, however, it is most common in women between the ages of 25 to 40. Symptoms may begin as early as puberty. For those with a family history of endometriosis, the risk of developing this condition is higher.
Fortunately, there are multiple medications and procedures available to treat and manage endometriosis. Luminary has qualified medical professionals in the greater Sarasota and Manatee Counties who can guide you to the treatment option that is right for you. If you, or someone you know is in search of top-tier gynecological care in the Sarasota area, click here!
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