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Most Common misconception about endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition in which the endometrial tissues, which are normally found inside the uterus, start growing outside it, anywhere in the body. Such tissue growth outside the uterus may cause pain, long periods or in some cases, even infertility. Endometriosis is a complex disease and is often misunderstood. Listed below are some common misconceptions about Endometriosis disease:

Myth 1: Heavy bleeding means you have Endometriosis

This is a very common myth but heavy bleeding does not necessarily mean that you have endometriosis. It can be due to many other conditions, like:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Polyps and Fibroids
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy

Myth 2: Endometriosis means you cannot get pregnant

It is totally a misconception. Many women suffering from Endometriosis are still able to have children. However, if your condition is very serious, you are likely to face some problems while getting pregnant. You doctor will also help you with certain treatment if it becomes difficult for you to get pregnant while having Endometriosis.

Myth 3: You can’t get it at a young age

The risk of getting Endometriosis start when you start getting periods. However, the chances increase when you are in your 30s or 40s. You can also have endometriosis if:

  • You have a family history of Endometriosis
  • You started getting your period at a young age
  • Your period last longer than a week

If you notice symptoms like heavy bleeding, pain, bad cramps, spotting between periods and bloating, you should consult your doctor once.

Myth 4: Endometriosis is always painful

This is a common misconception. Everyone having Endometriosis does not experiences pain. However, pain is a normal symptom of Endometriosis and the pain may not only be limited to your periods. It can be experienced during sex, while urinating or even between periods.

Myth 5: Pregnancy cures Endometriosis

Endometriosis has no cure. You doctor can treat the symptoms with hormone therapies, pain medications, or in very serious cases, a surgery. Why it seems that pregnancy cure Endometriosis is because you don’t experience periods during pregnancy. Levels of certain hormones rise in your body which are helpful in easing out the symptoms of Endometriosis. But once the pregnancy is over, the symptoms are likely to return – either after giving birth or after you are done with breastfeeding your baby.

(By Dr. Aruna KalraSenior Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram)

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