Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found on other organs of the body outside its normal location. Women can develop the disease even as teenagers and young girls, and the disease can strike any socioeconomic class. So, being a college woman does not exclude you from the risk. It is estimated that approximately 10-20% of women of child-bearing age have endometriosis . [ To Top ]
Endometriosis causes a range of symptoms in young women. Occasional or constant pelvic pain and/or severe period cramps (unusual for your regular menstrual cycle) are the most common symptoms. The location of the abnormal endometrial tissue and the manner in which the lesions affect the pelvic organs contribute to the symptoms that adolescent and adult women may experience.
The chronic pelvic pain linked with endometriosis can occur before, during, or after your menstrual period. The pain may occur at regular times in your cycle or at any time during the month. Also, don't ignore pain that comes with exercise, sex, and or/after a pelvic exam-it is not normal and could be linked with reproductive system problems, such as endometriosis. When these symptoms appear it is important to take immediate action by visiting a gynecologist. [ To Top ]
While the symptoms may aid your doctor in identifying the disease, a true diagnosis is made when there are severe problems through a technique called laparoscopy. This procedure allows your doctor to look inside your body at the pelvic organs with a special lens. Other tests that may be ordered by your health care provider BEFORE a laparoscopy might include blood tests, cultures to check for infection, ultrasound or an MRI. [ To Top ]
For example -- birth control pills, which regulate and stabilize your period.
A family of medicines used to treat endometriosis by lowering the level of estrogen in your body.
Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. It requires a small incision to be made near the belly button and a laser to cut away the endometriosis .
A healthy diet and regular exercise helps to relieve some pelvic pain. Also, practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation lessen some of the menstrual pain. Although college life can be stressful, it is important to remain healthy throughout the experience and avoid health risks that may at first go on unnoticed. For example, lack of rest can seriously harm the immune system and cause great damage to an already unhealthy situation.
Although many people are hesitant to try alternative medical treatment, some can actually be helpful but not all are effective and safe. Acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathy and healing touch are among popular "alternative approaches" to medical treatment . [ To Top ]