Know More and say no more to EndometriosisDr. Ashish Kale
Endometriosis, is a condition in which endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the interior of your uterus, grows outside of your uterus. The tissue lining your pelvic, fallopian tubes, and ovaries are all frequently affected by endometriosis. Rarely, tissue resembling endometrium may be seen outside the region around the pelvic organs.
For women, the average wait time for a diagnosis is 6 to 7 years. Their suffering is prolonged as a result, which commonly results in mental health issues. Many endometriosis sufferers experience pelvic or abdominal pain, which is made worse by menstrual blood or sexual activity.
Some ladies experience none at all. If you have endometriosis, getting pregnant could be challenging. Between 30 and 50 percent of infertile women have endometriosis. Cysts caused by endometriosis can occasionally form inside your ovary (endometrioma).
This results in an inflammatory reaction, which may induce the development of scar tissue and the adhesion of the pelvic organs. Only a few of the symptoms include exhaustion, debilitating pain during menstruation, difficult bowel movements, painful urination, and pain during sexual activity. Additionally, it raises the chance of infertility.
Unfortunately, endometriosis cannot be completely cured. Hormone therapy is known to have side effects, even if it can help with symptoms. Endometriosis lesions must be surgically removed, although return is always a possibility.
According to recent data, between 10 and 15 percent of women who menstruate experience endometriosis. This number may be substantially higher due to the number of cases that go undiagnosed. Their suffering is prolonged as a result, which commonly results in mental health issues.
One of several elements that contribute to the delay in diagnosis is the difficulty of the diagnosis. Blood tests cannot be utilized to determine the diagnosis of this illness. Symptoms alone can be used by doctors to make an endometriosis diagnosis, but surgery is necessary for a certain diagnosis. Endometriosis is frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or appendicitis because of its comparable symptoms.
This type of endometriotic tissue may typically be seen on ultrasound, unlike other types. The only way to know for sure if you have endometriosis is through a laparoscopic surgery.
One of the main causes of incorrect diagnoses of women’s health issues is the absence of research employing female animal models. As a result of their lack of monthly hormonal cycles, male animals were often used more frequently than female animals. As a result, research tended to favor male participants.
Research groups continue to disagree on the best mammalian model to utilize when researching issues unique to the female body. It is common for women’s pain to be underestimated in comparison to men’s discomfort, aside from bias in a medical study. This may have its roots in the past when women who complained of pain that wasn’t immediately obvious were branded as “hysterical.”
Ancient Greek manuscripts were the first to mention the idea that a dislocated uterus was the source of suffering from a strange, seemingly invisible illness. Because of this, “hysteria” was first recognized as a mental disease, opening the door for modern women to be told that their indescribable suffering was “all in their heads.”
Therefore, it is common for women’s suffering to be disregarded or minimized. In fact, the term “gender pain gap” refers to discrimination in healthcare that occurs when women’s pain is minimized due to unconscious bias.