What every girl should know about endometriosis.
Do you suffer from the following?
- Painful, heavy or irregular periods;
- Pain when going to the toilet;
- Tiredness all the time;
- Severe pelvic pain between periods
If you do, then it is possible that you might have endometriosis.
Oh no! I think I might have endometriosis...
Don’t worry, endometriosis (en-do-mee-tree-oh-sis), is not as scary as it sounds. 1 in 10 women in the UK have got it. And most live a happy, active and healthy lifestyle. Endometriosis is when what happens in your womb during your period happens in other parts of the body.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the inside lining of the womb build up outside the womb. These cells break down like the cells lining the womb each month, but the blood has no way to leave the body. This can cause lots of pain and inflammation, and may explain why you are in so much pain during your periods.
What should I do?
Do talk to other women and girls like your mum, sister, aunty, cousin or friends. If you think your periods are not normal and that you may have endometriosis, book an appointment with your doctor. It is sometimes difficult to get diagnosed with endometriosis, so the more information you can give the doctor, the more chance they have to recognise it. You might find it useful to use our Pain and Symptoms Diary and bring it with you when you go to see a doctor.
To learn more about endometriosis and what you should do if you think you have it, click below to download our information pack
If you are worried or concerned, you can talk to trained volunteers by calling our free Helpline.