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ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is a painful gynecological disorder that affects millions of women across the world and significantly hampers with their quality of life. As this condition occurs in women mostly in their prime, it can affect their ability to get pregnant, hence causing not just physical but mental trauma.

SYMPTOMS

Different women suffer from different types of symptoms in endometriosis. It is often called the silent disease because many women may not experience any symptoms and therefore the disease may remain undiagnosed for a long time unless the woman undergoes specific gynaecological tests for some other problem or when she may be tested for infertility.

Some women have pelvic pain, which could sometimes be severe and the pain could increase during their menses or periods. The pain can be debilitating, reported by many as strong, sharp and paralyzing running from the pelvis down to the thighs. Others report pain in the legs and calf muscles. Whatever the nature of the pain, it interferes with the woman's regular course of living.

Since it is similar to menstrual pain, it tends to get ignored. Therefore, treatment is typically delayed and majority of affected women in India come to hospitals in an advanced stage of endometriosis. Recently, doctors have started emphasizing the need for awareness about this painful disorder so that effective measures can be taken to manage it appropriately.

There may also be pain during bowel movement and while passing urine and there could also be blood in stools in some cases. This may also be accompanied by constipation or diarrhea symptoms akin to Irritable bowel syndrome.