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How Common is Endometriosis and Who is at Risk?
Wanting to understand more about endometriosis? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus. This tissue is more often found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneum, bladder, intestines, rectum and spaces behind the uterus. In order for you to be properly diagnosed, you need to visit an OBGYN to undergo certain tests.
How common is endometriosis?
Wondering just how common an endometriosis diagnosis is in women these days? Endometriosis is a fairly common condition, as about one in every 10 women who are of reproductive age will be diagnosed with this potentially painful disorder. Those who are diagnosed will experience some degree of pain, which tends to increase right before and during menstruation. This pain stems from the inflammation that occurs due to these tissues being located in areas where they do not belong.
Common risk factors
When a woman has other family members who have been diagnosed with this disorder, her risk of being diagnosed is about 10 times higher than those who have no family members who have been diagnosed. Menstruation problems, like too much estrogen projection and polyps, increases a woman’s risk. Women who have been diagnosed with an immune system disorder are at risk, as a weak immune system does not always recognize when the tissue is misplaced. The longer a woman menstruates also increases her overall risk.
Reducing one’s risk
There are a few things women can do in order to reduce their chances of being diagnosed with this painful disorder. All of these recommendations support a woman’s ability to be healthy, which helps to keep her hormone levels in check. These recommendations include exercising regularly, eating foods that are high in nutrition, limiting one’s caffeine consumption and limiting alcohol consumption.
Treatment for endometriosis is based on each individual woman’s particular situation. It depends on when the diagnosis was received, how serious the disorder is, the type of symptoms currently experienced and whether or not children are planned; all of these factors influence the type of treatment an OBGYN will choose to treat the condition. Taking certain medications and undergoing a surgical process are two of the most common options for treating endometriosis.
In addition to treating this disorder, there are options for managing the pain. These options will help women who have been diagnosed find the relief they are looking for. A short list of some of the more common options includes taking oral contraceptives, having an intrauterine device placed, undergoing hormone therapy, making positive changes to one’s diet and using alternative health care options, like acupuncture.
Need to make an appointment?
Think you are living with endometriosis? In order for you to know for sure, you need to make an appointment with an experienced OBGYN for a proper diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with this fairly common disorder, then it will depend on your particular situation when it comes to treating your condition. If you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.
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