March is National Endometriosis Month

Endometriosis: What You Need To Know

Last month Lena Dunham came forth announcing that she would need to take some time off to attend to her health secondary to a flare of a painful gynecologic condition.  The condition that she suffers with along with approximately million women is called endometriosis and it can be a truly debilitating disease.  

Endometriosis affects about 10% of women and is a common cause of infertility.  This disease is heralded by symptoms during the cycle that are way outside the normal cramps that a woman may feel during her cycle.  The pain caused from endometriosis lesions can be truly debilitating causing interference in a woman's ability to work and be an active participant in their lives.  It is often important that a team of providers is involved in the treatment including a gynecologist and a pain management specialist.  The chronic pain cycles that are involved secondary to the chronic inflammation that accompany this disease can also take it's toll mentally therefore it may also be a good idea to seek the advice of a licensed counselor or therapist.  There are multiple treatment options for endometriosis including lifestyle and medical management and in the worse case scenarios even surgery to deal with the  most recalcitrant of lesions.  For a better picture of the impact that this disease can have in a woman's life please see the video below about why all women should know about this disease and fight for research in this area.

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