Do you remember Titilayo? in case you missed the previous episodes, check the part 1 here and the part 2 here.
OK, back to the consulting room… Titilayo and her husband came back after series of diagnostic investigations.
Madam, since when have you noticed those symptoms ? the doctor asked.
“well, I really can not remember vividly but I know it has been a long time . it relieves me after taking medications and I didn’t cognizance of it, moreover, I was told its normal to have cramps before or during your period. ” she answered the doctor.
“from all the results and scan, we discovered you are suffering from ENDOMETRIOSIS” the doctor told her. ENDO- WHAT? What is that?
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus, the doctor explained .
“what could be the cause of that? tell us more doctor” they both requested!
Endometriosis is more common in women who are experiencing infertility than in women who are fertile , but that doesn’t mean infertility can cause endometriosis. Most women with endometriosis have no symptoms, but few women experience symptoms such as:
pelvic pain that may worsen during menstruation
painful sexual intercourse
Painful bowel movements or urination
Other symptoms that can be related to endometriosis include:
- lower abdominal pain
- chronic fatigue
- irregular or heavy menstruation,
” HA! they both exclaimed… except for the painful bowel movements , I experienced all of the symptoms which i was too busy and brushed it aside, she lamented!
Endometriosis can be one of the reasons for infertility for healthy couples. When laparoscopic examinations are performed during evaluations for infertility, implants are often found in individuals who are totally asymptomatic. If the ovaries and Fallopian tubes are involved, the mechanical processes involved in the transfer of fertilized eggs into the tubes may be altered. Alternatively, the endometriotic lesions may produce inflammatory substances which adversely affect ovulation, fertilization, and implantation, thus it will be hard to conceive.
BUT what could be the cause of this endometriosis pls? she asked.
The cause of endometriosis is unknown. One theory is that the endometrial tissue is deposited in unusual locations by the retrograde flow of menstrual debris through the Fallopian tubes into the pelvic and abdominal cavities. The cause of this retrograde menstruation is not clearly understood. It is clear that retrograde menstruation is not the only cause of endometriosis, as many women who have retrograde menstruation do not develop the condition.
the moment you noticed one of these signs/symptoms, you should visit your hospital, no pain is normal!
what is way forward? which organ is affected ? what is the treatment?
lets find out in the next post.
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have a wonderful week ahead…