What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where cells LIKE (but not the same) as those found in the Uterus are discovered in other parts of the body. The cells bleed at the same time as the Uterus but whereas the uterus sheds it's lining as a period via the vagina, the blood from the other cells has nowhere to go so it is released into the body and can create pain.
What is Adenomyosis?
Adenomyosis is a condition where the endometrium (lining of the womb) is found deep in the myometrium (muscle of the uterus). It is similar in symptoms to Endometriosis.
These conditions affect 1 in 10 women. There can be a genetic element to Endometriosis from your mother or fathers family. Endometriosis can affect any woman and on rare occasions it has also been known to affect men
What are some of the main signs and symptoms of Endometriosis or Adenomyosis?
Heavy bleeding and/or Clotty bleeding and/or Spotting between periods
Pain - Pelvic Pain, Leg Pain, Abdominal Pain and Back Pain
Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)
Digestive Disorders e.g. IBS/Bloating
If you think that you might have Endometriosis or Adenomyosis go and see your G.P.
It can take a long time to get a diagnosis - and this can be years rather than months!
You could try taking a detailed diary of symptoms/dates/times, what medications you have used, any familial history and anything else which may help you to get referred on to a specialist for a diagnosis.
What can I do to help myself manage my symptoms?
Exercise - including Pelvic Floor Awareness and Health
All of the self help measures above aim to reduce pain and inflammation in the body.
Other sources for both conditions can be found at Endometriosis UK - the link is below.