05 March 2019
Duration: 3:19 min

Learn some facts about endometriosis. We debunk some myths and explore symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for women.

Title – Endometroisis
Subtitle – Know the facts
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common reproductive disease when tissue similar to the uterine lining grows in other parts of the body.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Endometriosis symptoms can vary and may include:
• painful and heavy periods
• pain during sex
• fertility problems
• chronic pelvic pain
In fact, some women may not find out they have endometriosis until they have trouble conceiving.
Myth: It is easy to diagnose endometriosis.
Fact: Surgery is the only way to tell for certain whether you have endometriosis.
Is it normal for periods to be extremely painful?
Not usually. If severe period pain stops you from daily activities, endometriosis could be the cause.
How is endometriosis treated?
Although there is no known cure, endometriosis can be successfully treated with medication and surgery.
Myth: Women with endometriosis cannot have children.
Fact: Although about a third of women with endometriosis have trouble conceiving, surgery can increase your chances of pregnancy.
Are there other ways to manage endometriosis symptoms?
Some women combine medical treatment with complementary therapies (e.g. acupuncture, yoga and herbal medicine).
Speak to a doctor to work out what’s right for you.
Does pregnancy cure endometriosis?
No. Although endometriosis symptoms may go away in pregnancy they usually return.
Myth: A hysterectomy can cure endometriosis. (crossed out)
Fact: A hysterectomy may be considered to help you cope with symptoms only when other medical treatments have not worked.
Myth: Women with endometriosis should avoid exercise.
Fact: Physical activity is good for your general health and may help ease symptoms. Try to be active at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
Like to know more about endometriosis?
See your doctor.
For more information
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

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