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There are a number of myths surrounding endometriosis. It’s so important to get a clear diagnosis via laparoscopy so that you are not misdiagnosed and to do your own research into treatment options.
Myth 1: Endometriosis is a “bad period”.
Endometriosis is more than just a bad period. Endometriosis is a state of chronic inflammation, which affects the body on a daily basis – not just once a month. Since the body is in this chronically inflamed state, supporting your immune system and reducing as much inflammation, such as with diet and lifestyle changes, is a top priority.
Myth 2: Severe period pain is normal.
While some women are in pain every day from endometriosis, for others, the pain is most noticeable at that time of the month (hence why we can think it’s a bad period). Too many women are crippled by severe period pain every month and it’s not normal. Pain does not a happen for the sake of it, it’s your body’s way of alerting you to a problem.
Myth 3: You should just “get on with it”.
Quite the opposite. When your body is chronically inflamed, it’s time for some serious self-care. Charging ahead and ignoring the problem can make things far worse in the long run. Take the time now, and every day, to look after yourself.
Myth 4: Endometriosis equals infertility.
Endometriosis may put you in the category more likely to have fertility complications, however, it does not automatically mean you are infertile.
Early diagnosis can help you manage your fertility, so it’s important to get diagnosed if you think you have endometriosis and are worried about fertility.
Myth 5: You’re too young and/or fit & healthy to have severe endometriosis.
I was told by a number of doctors, as well as nurses who carried out tests, that I was too young, fit and healthy to have anything wrong with me – until I finally clawed my way to a diagnosis. Being young or physically active doesn’t exclude you from endometriosis.
Myth 6: Medical treatments cure endometriosis.
- Surgically removing endometrial lesions does not mean the endometriosis is gone. As with the lining of the womb, it grows back.
- Painkillers work by masking the symptoms rather than addressing the root cause. Further: NSAIDS: The Painful Truth Behind Painkillers (Infographic)
- Hormonal treatments similarly suppress the symptoms, and like every drug, have a side effect and can result in further imbalances.
- A hysterectomy may remove the uterus and associated period issues, but as endometriosis is ectopic – growing outside of where it should – does not prevent or cure endometriosis.
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