The disease endometriosis, which is often related to infertility, is not taken seriously by many. Endometriosis is widespread. Every 10th woman is affected. Endometriosis is a disease of the uterine lining and one main symptom is intense pain during menstruation.
Women, who for some reason experience their period as very painful are treated like special cases with a disproportionately low pain threshold. Affected women are often accused of a tendency towards drama. But the pain is very real and should not be underestimated. The main symptoms are menstrual pain, pain during sex, ovulation, bowel movements, urination, pain in the lower back and thighs, nausea, lethargy and reduced fertility. These come from abnormal colonization of cells similar to those of the endometrium, within parts of the body in which they should not occur. This can affect the ovaries, uterine muscles, fallopian tubes, intestines, bladder, peritoneum and even more distant parts of the body. The diagnosis cannot be made without surgery. There is no blood test to tell you that you have this disease, and in most cases it is not detectable on ultrasound images or MRI. Endometriosis does not mean that you are completely infertile or cannot become pregnant. This depends on where and how strong the adhesions are. There are endometriosis experts who you should definitely contact if you suspect this.
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