By Paul J.O'Brien B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med, Cert.CHM, M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.
Endometriosis affects an estimated 89 million women, but most often the condition is never discovered as the symptoms are shrugged off as the usual premenstrual syndrome. Though it appears to hit women over 30, it may also affect girls before they even start menstruating.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which bits of tissue from the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) grow inside a woman's body, but outside of the uterus. The uterus is a hollow organ within a woman's abdomen where a fertilized egg is implanted and develops into a baby, normally over a period of nine months. The endometrium is a lining of the uterus that separates the myometrium from the uterine cavity.
During a woman's menstrual cycle, the uterus sheds off the endometrial lining in the form of a thick, glandular, blood vessel-filled tissue in response to the body's hormone production. This shedding presents as a period.
It may seem similar to a regular menstrual cycle in the sense that the endometrial lining is still sloughed off. However, in the case of endometriosis, not all of it is excreted. Instead, some of it gets misplaced and transported to other organs in the pelvic cavity. It may attach itself to the bowel, bladder or small intestines among other organs, causing infection, scarring, and worse - infertility.
There are different types and levels of endometriosis too, and these are categorised based on diagnosis.
In this section of the site, I want to walk you through every part of understanding Endometriosis and show you different strategies for dealing with and eliminating this condition, particularly in regards to the the complications it can produce in getting pregnant.
To that end, I've written a series of detailed, but easy to understand articles explaining each aspect of Endometriosis including:
And a whole lot more. This series will give a great grounding in understanding endometriosis and more than that, give you easy take, practical action steps that will help you eliminate many of the symptoms you may face.
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