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Are you one of the millions affected by Endometriosis?  Here are the facts about this disorder:

Endometriosis is a disorder of the female reproductive system in which endometrial tissue (the normal lining of the uterus) is found outside the uterine cavity. An estimated three to five million American women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis. This disease is prevalent in women 30-40 years of age, though it can begin in the late teens and early twenties. About 40% of patients with endometriosis will experience some degree of infertility.

Some studies report as high as a 36% spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) rate in women with endometriosis versus 15% in the normal population.

 

Although the symptoms vary from person to person, be sure to ask your physician if you suspect you might have Endo.  It can sometimes be overlooked or misdiagnosed.

Some of the symptoms to watch for are:

Symptoms Women with endometriosis often, but not always, have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • dysmenorrhea (painful cramps during menstruation)
  • dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • dysfunctional uterine bleeding, including heavy periods or unusual spotting
  • In about 30% of women, there are no symptoms except infertility.

You can read the full article here on the RESOLVE website:

http://www.resolve.org/diagnosis-management/infertility-diagnosis/endometriosis.html

-Cindy

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