March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that is meant to grow inside of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. Over 176 million women suffer from this disease worldwide.
The main issue with managing endometriosis is its difficulty to diagnose. Although the condition can cause pain in the intestines and lower abdomen, these symptoms are often confused with those of a women’s menstrual cycle. In addition, some women may have no symptoms at all. As a result, the average diagnosis can take up to 7 years!
With endometriosis being one of the biggest causes of infertility, National Endometriosis Month focuses on spreading knowledge and awareness so the disease can be caught and managed earlier.
Common Symptoms of Endometriosis:
- Pain in lower abdomen between menstrual cycles
- Chronic Lower Back pain
- Painful bowel movements or other digestive problems
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual cycles
- Very painful menstrual cramps
- Difficulty getting pregnant
Our Women’s Health Clinic is located in the Silver Oaks Business Park. Specialties at this location include Complex Gynecology/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, and Urogynecology.
To book an appointment, please visit https://www.ucrhealth.org/make-an-appointment/.