What is endometriosis?
Many women experience alterations in menstruation that they consider “typical of the cycle” but that could be a pathology known as endometriosis: it is a benign pathology that occurs when the endometrium (the mucous layer that lines the uterus inside) grows in other areas of the abdomen that do not correspond to it, and can settle forming plaques or cysts that can cause severe pain and lead to difficulties in getting pregnant.
Endometriosis is a disease that affects more than 20% of women of childbearing age and mainly causes two problems: pain and infertility. It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis may have difficulty achieving a spontaneous pregnancy.
The symptoms of endometriosis are highly variable, and in some cases there may be no symptoms at all. Therefore, it is important to consult with your physician if:
- You have severe menstrual cramps.
- You suffer from abdominal pain outside the menstrual cycle.
- You feel pain when you have sexual intercourse.
- Your menses are heavier.
- You feel pain when you defecate.
- You have fertility problems.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- You feel weakness, fatigue and dizziness.