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Endometriosis........


Talking to a friend today about her infertility problems and procedures and listening to her laugh, cry and even feel a sense of disappointment at times throughout this entire process, I've decided to bring more awareness and education to the issue that causes most women the inability to have children.

Endometriosis……

Endometriosis is the development of uterine-lining tissue outside the uterus. Most women who suffer from endometriosis typically have no symptoms and unsure that they have endometriosis until they have seen a doctor. Normally, the tissue that lines a woman's uterus, known as the endometrium, is found only in the uterus. But when a woman develops endometriosis, microscopic bits of this tissue escape from the uterus and grow on other organs such as the ovaries and because this tissue grows on other organs, the blood that that tissue makes cannot escape. This causes irritation to the surrounding tissue, which causes cysts, scars, and the fusing of body tissues that can eventually bind the reproductive organs together and lead to infertility.

Of course there is much more involved with this illness but for now, I will leave you with this description.

There isn't one exact cause of endometriosis; however, the most common cause is retrograde menstruation which is when menstrual blood containing endometrial cells flows back through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity instead of out of the body. During this time, these same endometrial cells stick to the pelvic walls and surfaces of pelvic organs that grow and thicken over the course of each menstrual cycle.

For more possible causes click here http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/basics/causes/con-20013968

Symptoms include pain, abdominal bleeding and painful periods and most common, infertility. It is estimated that between 20% and 40% of women who are infertile have endometriosis. While endometriosis may cause many women the difficulties in conceiving, it is not the end of conception.

While endometriosis may be an illness that is difficult to live with and even painful and hopeless, there is resources and treatments to help live a normal and 'fruitful' life. Talking with my friend, she has not given up hope and has moved forward with options for treatment and assisted reproduction.

One thing to remember you are not the only one that may be experiencing this. There are support groups and other assistance to help gain knowledge, understanding, treatment and reproductive assistance. Also, it helps to become an advocate to tell your story…. remember… you never know what impact you may have on someone else's life…..

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/women/endometriosis/default.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/basics/definition/con-20013968

For more information (in addition to the resources) about endometriosis:

Endometriosis Association

Phone: 414-355-2200


https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/endometriosis.html

http://endometriosis.supportgroups.com/

http://www.rush.edu/rumc/page-1298329724667.html



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