Speak up — this is the message for endometriosis

2018-07-04 06:00

ENDOMETRIOSIS is a life-long condition that affects many woman, although many may not be aware that they have it.

The symptoms start from around the time a teenager’s menstrual periods begin and usually only settle after the person has experienced menopause.

The main symptom is pain. Many woman and young girls are led to believe that menstrual pain is normal. This is not true. With endometriosis, the pain can last from days to weeks and can end up being persistent or chronic.

The second most common symptom is unusual bleeding with your menstrual periods. This can sometimes just be heavy, erratic or long periods that get worse over time.

A most important symptom of endometriosis that is often not spoken about is having pain during sexual intercourse.

This pain is deep inside your pelvis or lower back and can last for a few hours to a few days after being sexually intimate.

This type of pain is not normal, so speak up about it.

Most people with endometriosis only get help after suffering for years with their pain or unusual bleeding. Up to one in three woman with endometriosis may also struggle to fall pregnant.

So what can be done about it? Lots.

Your GP or gynaecologist will be able to help. It is a woman right to get help for these symptoms.

Dr Sayed, gynaecologist.

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