The truth about en­dometrio­sis

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Ev­ery woman has ex­pe­ri­enced a bad bout of pe­riod pain, but where’s the line be­tween an un­com­fort­able ache, and some­thing more se­ri­ous? En­dometrio­sis is a com­mon con­di­tion that can af­fect day-to-day life, and re­sult in de­bil­i­tat­ing pe­riod pains. Dr Diana Kayal is a gy­nae­col­o­gist, and IVF spe­cial­ist, prac­tic­ing at Bourne Hall Clinic in Dubai. She ex­plains what en­dometrio­sis is: “En­dometrio­sis is a com­mon con­di­tion where cells of the lin­ing of the womb are found else­where, usu­ally in the pelvis and around the womb, ovaries and fal­lop­ian tubes. Each month this tis­sue out­side the womb thick­ens and breaks down and bleeds in the same way as the lin­ing of the womb. “This bleed­ing has no way to leave and causes in­flam­ma­tion and pain. It mainly af­fects women dur­ing re­pro­duc­tive years and can af­fect women from all so­cial and eth­nic groups.” It sounds painful – and of­ten is, though some women can have no symp­toms at all. Kayal adds: “En­dometrio­sis can af­fect many as­pects of a woman’s life, in­clud­ing her gen­eral phys­i­cal health, emo­tional well­be­ing and daily rou­tine ac­tiv­i­ties. Symp­toms in­clude lower ab­dom­i­nal pain, painful pe­ri­ods (which do not re­spond to over the counter pain re­lief), pain dur­ing and af­ter in­ter­course, some­times heavy pe­ri­ods and prob­lems in get­ting preg­nant, pain re­lated to bow­els and blad­der, and long term fa­tigue.” Kayal rec­om­mends if you have any of the listed symp­toms, to visit a gy­nae­col­o­gist – and don’t feel too stressed. It’s a man­age­able con­di­tion. “En­dometrio­sis is not an in­fec­tion or a cancer. If a woman be­comes preg­nant, it is un­likely to put her preg­nancy at risk. Not all cases of en­dometrio­sis can be cured and for some women there is no long-term treat­ment. With sup­port many women find ways to live and man­age this con­di­tion.”

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