Endo FAQ

What is Endo?

An often painful chronic illness in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes, the tissue lining your pelvis, bladder, and bowels. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs but there are rare cases of it spreading to your lungs and brain.

With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it will normally: it thickens, breaks down and bleeds happening each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped and creates inflation that your body is constantly fighting. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions (abnormal bands of fibrous tissue that can cause pelvic tissues and organs to stick to each other).

Endometriosis can cause severe pain, especially during menstrual periods. Fertility problems also may develop. Fortunately, effective treatments are available.

What is the cause of it?

Despite continued medical research and investigation, the exact cause of endometriosis is unclear and there are many theories as to why endometriosis happens.

What are the symptoms of endo?

  • Pelvic Pain
  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Infertility
  • Lower back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Diarrhea &/or Constipation
  • Bloating &/or Nausea
  • Brain fog, anemia, low iron & Many other symptoms

How can endometriosis be treated?

There is no cure for endometriosis but there are different treatments which some women may find benefitial. Anything ranging from medications or hormonal treatments to surgeries and dietary changes. Holistic alternatives are also complementary to this new lifestyle and it has worked greatly in a lot of women.

How can endometriosis be treated?

Endometriosis can be an incredibly isolating disease where the women suffer silently; you’ve taken a big step towards helping just by asking how you can help but also by doing the following:

  • Learn about the disease
  • Be supportive and understanding
  • Help her focus on the positives of her life
  • Understand her constant pain
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