By: Dr. J. Green
Given that March is Endometriosis Awareness Month I wanted to share with you some facts about the disease they call the “Invisible Illness.”
- What is Endometriosis? : Endometriosis is a disease that occurs when the lining from insides the uterus grows in the wrong place, like the ovaries, intestines, abdominal cavity, bladder, etc.
- Will I get Endometriosis? : It is unlikely that you will have Endometriosis and the disease is not something that you can catch. However, we must remember that Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (i.e., usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which are approximately 176 million women in the world.
- What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
- Pain before and during periods
- Pain during sex
- Painful urination during periods
- Painful bowel movements during periods
- Other gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea
- How is it treated? Endometriosis is a chronic disease and usually treated with pain medication, birth control pills, birth control shots, fake menopause shots (Depo Lupron), Mirena IUD, and surgery. The surgery can be as simple as removing small bits of endometriosis to a complete hysterectomy.
- Why is Endometriosis so bad? : Although Endometriosis is not a sexually transmitted disease, cannot be spread to others, does not cause cancer, and does not cause death it is a serious illness. Untreated or severe endometriosis if left untreated can block the fallopian tubes or reproductive tract in women leading to infertility.
- What should I do if I think I have Endometriosis? : If you think you have this disease you should contact the Family Health Centers of Baltimore for an appointment with Dr. Green, FACOG, FPMRS.
- Where can I learn more?: Visit the MIS for Women Website at http://www.misforwomen.com/service/medical-library/conditions/endometriosis/
Dr. Green in double board-certified in OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has been practicing for 15+ years. Her areas of interest including Abnormal Pap Smears, Fibroids, Pelvic Pain, Endometriosis, and Pelvic Floor Disorders. Dr. Green in DaVinci Robot Certified and Recognized by The Surgical Review Corporation as a Surgeon of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.