Pain and Women are almost synonymous in our lives.
Women’s bodies are subjected to pain all our lives from menstrual cramps to childbirth, it seems like the Bible is right when it highlights pain and sorrow as a punishment for women after the garden of Eden. This relationship between women and pain has become so close that we think that whatever pain we are experiencing is normal.
Ask any woman about what she dislikes most about being on her period and she will tell you, it’s the pain. So many of us wished we knew about this pain before we began our menstruation and we would tell the great mother, “No, thank you.”
But to what extent do you know that the pain you are feeling during your menstruation is not normal and could be a pointer to something else, say, Endometriosis?
That’s why I am here to tell you about this menstrual disorder that affects estimably 1 out 10 women in Kenya, a disorder that could lead to infertility and other dire effects. Let’s talk Endometriosis.
What is this Endometriosis?
First thing you notice with the word, is the prefix, endo, which points to your endometrium or lining of your uterus.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue, which is similar to that which lines your uterus monthly, grows outside your uterus. The tissue might grow on your ovary, and pelvic lining among other places close to your cervix.
The tissue will act like your uterus lining. It will thicken throughout the month and shed off when implantation does not happen. Problem is, unlike your uterine wall which will get out of your body through your vagina, this particular tissue, has no outlet, thus it will remain in your body.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Painful periods
- Cramps 2 weeks or a week before your menstruation
- Pain in your lower abdomen during menstruation
- Heavy bleeding during your menstruation
- Painful intercourse
- Lower back pain during any time of your cycle
- Uncomfortable bowel movements
Thus, you might wonder, what causes endometriosis?
One of the most commonly agreed on causes of the disorder is retrograde menstruation. This happens when your menstrual blood, instead of flowing from the uterus through your vagina, the blood flows through your fallopian tubes to your pelvic cavity.
Another thought is that hormones responsible for your menstrual cycle, transform those outside your uterus into similar ones like those in your uterus.
Complications caused by Endometriosis
Infertility is a common result of the condition. However, some women with mild endo might still carry the baby to term.
The chronic pain that result is also a cause for alarm for many women with the condition.
Ps: We will be interviewing some professionals and survivors on this topic so we can give you a better understanding of this menstrual disorder. Stay tuned with our Instagram so you can be in the know.