March is endometriosis awareness month and here at Umi we are passionate about empowering people with all the pelvic health knowledge and awareness that may be applicable to their own wellbeing and/or the wellbeing of a loved one. In this Umi Guide, that we are making available to all, we take a dive into all things endometriosis, so settle on in and read on! (To view all other Umi Guides please log in to your/sign up to an Umi Plus account)
Endometriosis comes with some striking stats;
Endometriosis affects one in 10 of all reproductive age women - that’s 176 million worldwide
The prevalence of endometriosis in women with infertility is thought to be as high as to 30–50%
Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK
Endometriosis affects 1.5 million women, a similar number of women affected by diabetes
Endometriosis costs the UK economy £8.2bn a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs
The cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is, as yet, no definite cure.
Only 50% of women know what endometriosis is and
It takes, on average, seven and a half years to be diagnosed.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue and cells similar to those that line the inside of the womb (uterus), also grow outside the womb. For example, it can be found on the fallopian tubes, bowels, abdominal wall or pelvic cavity. When women bleed during their menstrual cycle, these cells shed regardless of where they are situated. This is why symptoms are typically linked to menstruation.
Endometriosis is suspected when one or more of the following are present:
· Chronic pelvic pain
· Period pain that disrupts your normal routine and/or ability to go to school/work
· Deep pain during or after sex
· Period related bowel problems
· Period related bladder problems
· Infertility with one or more of the above