What Everyone Needs to Know about Endometriosis...
Endometriosis is a common condition, affecting women and teenage girls of all backgrounds. It can seriously impair quality of life, impact adversely on schooling and work, and is a leading cause of fertility problems. Lacking profile it can take many years to diagnose.
What is Endometriosis?
Who gets it? Symptoms? Do I have it? What now?
Endometriosis is a complex but common condition involving hormonal and immune systems.
Cells that resemble those in the uterine lining grow on other areas such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic lining, bowel, bladder, appendix and other organs. The cells grow in response to the menstrual cycle, forming lesions or cysts (endometrioma), which can cause inflammation and adhesions.
The outcome is often pain and a variety of other symptoms. Endometriosis is also a leading cause of fertility problems.
Quality of life can be impaired and relationships affected, as well as absenteesim and reduced effectiveness at work and school.
Early diagnosis and treatment may improve outcomes by reducing symptoms and preserving fertility.
Endometriosis is perplexing and complex with many treatment options. Many women find a self-management and holistic approach helpful - such as making nutritional changes and exploring some complementary therapies.
Who develops Endometriosis?
Endometriosis can affect women of all backgrounds and ages, including teenage girls.
Women with endometriosis and/or immune disorders in their family may be more likely to develop endometriosis.
What are the Symptoms?
The most common Endometriosis Symptoms are:
It is common for women to think their pain symptoms are normal, and so delay seeking treatment. Many diagnosed women had symptoms as teenagers. The oral contraceptive pill can mask symptoms while the condition continues to progress.
Early diagnosis can ease symptoms and may preserve fertility.
If period pain affects your lifestyle, seek help from a gynaecologist specialising in endometriosis.
Contact Insight Endometriosis for information and community support.
"EndoWhat?!" Community Education
"EndoWhat?!" is an informative presentation providing key information about this significant condition. The presentation is available to community organisations and workplaces at no cost (donations/koha appreciated). A complete set of notes is provided and follow-up information and support is available for those wanting to know more.
Time Requirement: The presentation is available in a full format of 45 minutes or brief version of 20 minutes, and can be adapted to suit your requirements. It is suitable for lunch-breaks, evening meetings, seminars and information nights.
Equipment: We have our own laptop and data projector, all we need is a room with seating and a whiteboard or blank wall.
Promotion: We can supply promotional posters or emails to promote to your members/staff.
Bookings: For more information or to book a presentation please contact our Educator, Annette:
Phone: 07 8555 123
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Do I have Endometriosis?
Use this quiz to help you decide if you need to seek medical advice:
- Adapted from Andrea Molloy’s excellent book “Endometriosis: A New Zealand Guide”
What should I do now?