A study undertaken over several years has indicated that the most extensive form of Endometriosis may be predicted by the severity of menstrual periods in teenage girls.
What can I do to prevent endometriosis? Although endometriosis is rarely life-threatening, it affects life on two very critical levels—well-being and fertility. Women are often surprised by the differences they can make in ending the misery of endometriosis.
Taking charge of the disease involves change. There is no getting away from it. it requires a real willingness to invest in yourself and alter some daily routines and ways of thinking about the disease, as follows.
We’ve come across a site - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/endometriosis/htm/index.htm this has interactive and static descriptions of Endometriosis. For those who want a more colorful guide to endometriosis it is definately worth a look.
As research into Endometriosis is gathering pace, it’s maybe worth having a look at some of the suggested reasons for endometriosis. At the moment there is still no definitive answer, indeed there may be more than one cause – or a combination of causes. One of the most promising theories is genetic. There is extensive evidence that families where one person has endometriosis have a propensity for other female members to have this. The biggest problem with this theory is that the actual cause is not explained. Some families appear to have a high percentage of Endometriosis sufferer’s, whereas other …continue reading
Just spotted this little snippet on the bbc: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7612083.stm With Jade Goody set to undergo a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Earlier this month there have been a few articles about the treatment of cervical cancer and hysterectomy’s, in this BBC article a mention is made to Endometriosis, which apparently makes such surgery more difficult. It doesn’t go into detail, however we suspect it’s due to the presence of scar tissue where operations have been undertaken previously, along with, in extreme cases, acute adhesions which can distort and weld the organs together making such work difficult, if anyone can …continue reading
It has come to my attention that many people are being told that as long as they take HRT they can have Lupron as many times as they wish. This isn’t exactly true. While it is not illegal for doctor’s to prescribe Lupron (Prostap), it is stated in the leaflet insert that is in the injection kit that: “The safety of re-treatment as well as treatment beyond 6 months with Lupron has not been established.” This statement indicates that they have no idea how safe it is to have Lupron (Prostap) for more than 6 months at a time, or …continue reading
A Review of Endometriosis © Danny Tucker MRCOG Women’s Health UK, 2000 www.womens-health.co.uk Introduction Endometriosis is a relatively common condition that can cause significant pain and suffering. At the other end of the scale, it can exist without any sign of its presence. Overall, between 3-10% of women aged between 15-45 years have endometriosis. In women who have difficulties conceiving, this rises to about 25-35%. It used to be believed that the disease is more common in goal-orientated, professional women over the age of 30, but this misconception is now well disproven. It does not usually occur before puberty (though …continue reading
Source: Human Reproduction 2003; 18: 985–9 Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) systems may be involved in the etiology of endometriosis, indicates research conducted in Japan. HLA genes have already been implicated in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, systemic lupus erythematosus, and pre-eclampsia, and women with endometriosis have higher rates of autoimmune and other chronic diseases than do women in the general population. To investigate the possibility of an autoimmune contribution to endometriosis, Keisuke Ishii (Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan) and co-workers genotyped 83 women with a laparoscopic diagnosis of the condition, looking specifically for the HLA-DQB1 and HLA-DBP1 alleles. Ishii et al …continue reading
Uncommon Manifestations: Sciatic and Thoracic Endometriosis As we enter a turning point in healthcare, more physicians are beginning to recognize Endometriosis for the significant issue that it is. Better still, more teens and women with the disease are beginning to advocate for themselves – armed with education and knowledge about Endometriosis, they are becoming partners in their own healthcare and taking an active role in their disease management. But we still have a long way to go. There are many who still maintain that Endometriosis “can be cured by pregnancy or hysterectomy,” and who believe that the disease only occurs …continue reading
Endometriosis symptoms Endometriosis is a condition that effects about 20% of women. It is a disease that causes chronic pain, emotional torment, and can also lead to infertility. There is no known cause or cure for endometriosis. Treatments are available that can temporarily provide relief, however, none are long term. With such limited resources, all that is left is coping. When a woman is diagnosed with endo, she may find herself frustrated and angry. She begins to wonder what she did to cause this. The pain continues and she finds herself going through cycles of surgeries and medications. Meanwhile, she …continue reading