What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that normally line the womb grow outside of the womb, on other pelvic organs such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Because they are the same types of cells as those inside your womb, they grow every month and bleed during your period.
Because these cells are on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and elsewhere, the blood has nowhere to go, so this causes pain, scarring and swelling on the pelvic organs which can cause a lot of pelvic pain, back pain and fertility problems.
Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Symptoms will vary depending on how sever the endometriosis is. Symptoms include:
- Pelvic pain, pain in the lower abdomen (stomach) or in the lower back
- Heavy or painful periods (menorrhagia)
- Irregular bleeding
- Fertility problems
- Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
If you have any of these symptoms and think that you may be suffering from endometriosis, see your GP is the first important step. They will perform diagnostic tests, such as a hysteroscopy (where they look inside your womb with a little camera) to see if endometriosis is present.
Treatment for Endometriosis
Endometriosis treatment depends on the severity of the endometriosis and if you plan to have children in the future. Your physician may recommend things such as painkillers and hormone treatment for mild cases.
In more severe cases of endometriosis, the doctor may recommend surgery.
- Laporoscopy: Doctors will use a tiny camera to look inside the womb, and will use delicate instruments to destroy patches of endometriosis. This is successful in cases of mild endometriosis and success rates are good.
- Hysterectomy: Hysterectomy is sometimes the only option in more serious cases of endometriosis. This is only when other endometriosis treatment options have been exhausted.
If you suffer from chronic endometriosis pain or pelvic pain, you can assist your muscles to relax and target pelvic pain with the pain program on the Kegel8 Ultra. The Kegel8 Ultra can be used with skin electrodes if inserting a sensor is too painful.