Endometriosis: a mysterious condition

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Millions of women are affected by endometriosis. Yet, it remains a mysterious, often painful disease that is difficult to treat. Get to know the symptoms of this condition and what you can do about it.


Signs of endometriosis include:

•  Stomach or pelvic pain during menstruation

•  Nausea or diarrhea during menstruation

•  Severe menstrual cramps

•  Infertility without a known cause


If you think you may have endometriosis, see your gynecologist.


Treatment options may include:

•  Birth control pills

•  Hormonal treatments that stop menstruation temporarily

•  Surgery (this is often a minimally invasive procedure called a laparoscopy)


Some women have also found relief with alternative therapies such as acupuncture. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any supplements or medications you are taking. If you plan to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about this as well. Endometriosis can be treated and many women are able to become pregnant with this disease.


Source: National Institutes of Health

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