This March, we are bringing attention to Endometriosis Awareness Month. We understand that many women with endometriosis may not be especially comfortable speaking about their condition. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus (uterine lining) extends beyond the uterus and affects other areas of the female reproductive system and beyond. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. In fact, endometriosis is among the most common reproductive health concerns for women around the world.
Women with endometriosis may experience significant pain and inflammation throughout the pelvic area, as well as other symptoms like pain during or after sex, unusually long and heavy periods, digestive issues, and more. Endometriosis has also been strongly linked to infertility in women.
There are plenty of great ways to help spread awareness about endometriosis in an effort to educate women about this condition and how it can be fought. That begins with simply speaking with the women in your life about endometriosis. You might be surprised how many women are currently living with endometriosis without ever receiving a formal diagnosis or treatment. Sharing facts online (especially on social media) can also be a great help. Even just getting the word “endometriosis” out in front of people who are not really aware of it can have a profound and positive impact.
If you think you might currently have endometriosis, we strongly recommend reaching out to your gynecological healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms, get a proper diagnosis, and get the help that you need. If in fact you do have endometriosis and are experiencing symptoms, we will discuss all of your available treatment options including birth control pills, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) agonists, or gynecological surgery. If you believe a woman in your life is experiencing endometriosis, don’t be afraid to reach out and encourage them to seek treatment.
While endometriosis can be a personal and challenging experience, there is no reason to suffer in silence. Speaking with your gynecological healthcare provider is the first step towards relieving the pain of living with endometriosis. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to request an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, or one of our other providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.