Debunking the Myth around Endometriosis

Indilens Health Desk: A lot of times misconceptions can be more devastating than the disease itself, because in the absence of right knowledge, a person fails to get the desired treatment or attention. So it’s crucial to be armed with the right information and rely on those which have a scientific base. One such disease is Endometriosis, which has several myths around it. So let’s first understand the disease before we debunk them. Endometriosis is a problem that results in the growth of tissue resembling the endometrium or uterine lining in places outside the uterus.

Debunking the Myth around Endometriosis

It commonly implicates ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis. But the chances of the tissue spreading beyond pelvic organs are rare.

Some of the myths are below which you should simply ignore:

Painful periods mean Endometriosis: It is not always true that someone experiencing serious pain during periods will have Endometriosis. There are many who experience bad period pains for a day or two. However, it could be one of the symptoms of the disease. Endometriosis pain could start with ovulation and days before the period, and it may not subside even after the period stops. The excruciating pain experienced is not similar to period cramps and could be much worse.

Avoid oestrogen after menopause: There is no truth those women who have had experienced painful periods will suffer from hot flashes and vaginal dryness after Endometriosis is being taken care of. If you intend to take oestrogen for seeking relief from menopause symptoms, there is no reason that it will reactivate Endometriosis. It means heavy periods: It is not correct to associate heavy flow during periods with Endometriosis. In fact, heavy periods can occur and most of the times associated with adenomyosis, a cousin to Endometriosis, where both could exist simultaneously. In adenomyosis, the glands typically permeate into the uterus wall instead of getting outside the uterus. However, women with Endometriosis might experience heavy light periods, but some may also go through heavy periods.

It is cause of infertility: The fact is that women with Endometriosis have higher risk of infertility, but many women diagnosed with Endometriosis have become pregnant without much difficulty. It is said the best way to reduce the chance of Endometriosis-related infertility is to suppress periods until one is ready for motherhood.

Pregnancy is a cure: The most common advice given to women with Endometriosis is to get pregnant. The fact is that pregnancy can work like hormonal drug treatments giving temporary relief from symptoms. Basically hormones produced during the pregnancy suppress Endometriosis, but it does not provide permanent cure. So the symptoms can start resurfacing post pregnancy. Some women can avoid the recurrence of the symptoms by breastfeeding but only if the breastfeeding is intense enough to suppress the menstrual cycle.

Hysterectomy is a cure: Many opine that removing the uterus or the ovaries with the surgical procedure can help you get rid of the symptoms. While the fact is that there can be no relief unless the endometriotic implants outside the uterus are actually removed. This is a major cause for infertility in female.