• What is endometriosis? Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    Original article taken from Endometriosis Foundation of America, read here What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a disease that affects one of the most unrecognised parts of a woman’s life, her period. It is a very personal and intimate aspect of women’s health and can be thought of as a disease of menstruation. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium), is found in regions outside of the uterus, in other words, where the tissue should not be. It affects around one in every ten women and is mostly unrecognisable, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. Currently, there is no known cause of endometriosis. Where can endometriosis be found? Generally,…

  • Endometriosis, African Female Silent Nightmare

    Even though the prevalence of endometriosis (severe menstrual pains) is well documented in women living in developed countries, studies on the prevalence of the daunting disease among African women are wanting. There is high misconception that endometriosis hardly affects women of African descent. Endometriosis, according to medical experts is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue, similar to that which lines the interior of the uterus but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial tissue is shed each month during menstruation. The tissue may be attached to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, exterior of the uterus, the bowel or the other internal parts. According to medicine as hormones change during the…

  • Endo & Adeno What?

    What is Endometriosis and Adenomyosis? Endometriosis is a disorder where the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows on the outside and sometimes inside the wall of the uterus (aka Adenomyosis). It usually involves the ovaries, bowel, pouch of Douglas, bladder, tubes, or the tissue lining your pelvis, though sometimes it can spread beyond the pelvic region. During your menstrual cycle, this displaced tissue thickens, breaks down, and bleeds. Because this tissue has no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped. This can lead to cyst formation, adhesions, and pain. What Are The Symptoms? Very painful periods (pelvic pain, cramping, lower back and abdominal pain) Pain…