Pregnancy is not a cure for endometriosis. Being pregnant may provide temporary relief from symptoms but it does not cure the condition. So ignore people who tell you different.
You do not have this because you decided not to breed in your early 20s. Delaying pregnancy is not a cause of endometriosis.
Hysterectomy is not a definitive cure for endometriosis. So get a second opinion if someone tells you that.
What is true is that endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvic cavity.
Endometriosis is hard to diagnose. The only definitive way to know is via laparoscopy by a skilled specialist who knows what to look for. Because it is hard to diagnose, and also because of a general lack of knowledge, there is often a long delay between a woman going to a doctor about her symptoms and being diagnosed – eight and a half years is the average but it can take up to 12 years. Don’t waste your time with doctors who don’t know about endometriosis, find a specialist now!
Endometriosis is not just about painful periods and infertility. Other symptoms include painful ovulation, pain during or after sex, abnormal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain and fatigue.
Having endometriosis does not mean you are infertile. Between 30% and 40% of women with endometriosis may not be able to have children but many women with endometriosis become pregnant naturally or with reproductive assistance.
The financial cost to the world of endometriosis is similar to that of diabetes. It’s estimated to be about US$10,762 per woman per year. Two-thirds of that cost is due to lost work productivity and the remaining US$3,497 is in direct healthcare costs.
There is no cure for endometriosis. It’s not a rare disease. It affects 10% of reproductive-aged women. That’s 176 million women worldwide.