“Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women…”.1

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What may the Endometriosis Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Endo
  • Endometriosis

Endometrium

What is endometrium?

DotS the definition of endometrium may vary. In About Endometriosis the (United States) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s definition is:

“The word endometriosis comes from the word “endometrium”—endo means “inside,” and metrium means “uterus,” where a mother carries her baby. Healthcare providers call the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus the endometrium”.2

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

DotS the definition of endometriosis may vary. The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition is:

“Endometriosis, pronounced end-o-me-tree-oh-sis (or just endo), is a progressive, chronic condition where cells similar to those that line the uterus (the endometrium) are found in other parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the pelvis and can affect a woman’s reproductive organs”.3

The World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation’s definition is:

“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel. In very rare cases it has been found on the diaphragm and in the lungs”.4

Cause

What causes endometriosis?

In Facts About Endometriosis the World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation elaborate on:

“There is no known cause of endometriosis but it is highly likely that certain genes predispose women to develop the disease. Thus, women have a higher risk of developing endometriosis if their mother and/or sister(s) are also affected. It is possible that age when the menstrual period starts, other gynaecologic factors, and environmental exposures influence whether a woman is affected. Whereas evidence has been weak with regards to exposure to dioxin (an environmental pollutant) some evidence now supports exacerbation of its symptoms due to PCBs”.5

Common or Not

How common is endometriosis?

According to the World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation:

“Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world”.6

In Endometriosis 2011 statistics quoted by the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov are:

“It may affect more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44”.7

In Endometriosis Facts and Figures “the latest facts and figures about endometriosis” quoted by Endometriosis UK (United Kingdom) dated 2009, include:

  • “1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis”.8

Diagnosis

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

In What Is Endometriosis? Causes, Symptoms and Treatments [+ Video]: How Can Endometriosis Be Diagnosed? the Endometriosis Foundation of America elaborate on:

  • “Laparoscopy & Pathology Report…
  • Lab testing does not test for endometriosis…
  • Imaging testing is helpful but not definitive…
  • The big issue at hand: It takes on average 10 years from symptom onset to receive an accurate diagnosis of endometriosis in the United States…”.9

Look for A Pattern

If I think I have endometriosis how may I look for a pattern?Endometriosis

In Endometriosis: Diagnosis – Information Your Doctor Will Need the JH elaborate on:

“If you think you have endometriosis, keeping a diary of your symptoms is a good way to help your doctor or gynaecologist find out what is wrong. Your doctor may ask questions as part of the diagnosis, so having all the information ready will help. The types of questions you might need to answer are listed below.

  • Periods….
  • Period Pain…
  • Other Pain…
  • Other Symptoms…”.10

Management

What may endometriosis management include?

In About Endometriosis: Symptoms of Endometriosis the Endometriosis.org elaborate on:

“For many women, management of this disease may be a long-term process. Therefore, it is important to educate yourself, take the time to find a good doctor, and consider joining a local support group”.11

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and endometriosis?

In Endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause? Womenshealth.gov explain:

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“For some women, the painful symptoms of endometriosis improve after menopause. As the body stops making the hormone estrogen, the growths shrink slowly. However, some women who take menopausal hormone therapy may still have symptoms of endometriosis. If you are having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause, talk to your doctor about treatment options”.12

On the (United States) Mayo Clinic’s endometriosis website Living Better With Endometriosis, in Can I Still Get Endometriosis After Menopause? I’ve Reached Menopause. Can I Still Get Endometriosis? the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Endometriosis is still possible after menopause — though it’s fairly rare. The hormone estrogen likely contributes to endometriosis, and once you reach menopause, your body produces very little estrogen. If you’re in menopause, you might find relief from endometriosis symptoms. But not always. Some women continue to experience endometriosis symptoms after menopause. And there have been reports of women diagnosed with endometriosis after menopause without prior symptoms”.13

In Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms During Menopause the JH explain:

“Usually, endometriosis does go away after menopause. Uncommonly, it can return with the use of menopausal hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT), especially if there is no progestogen component. Even more rarely, it can return for no reason without any hormonal treatment”.14

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have endometriosis?

If you think you have endometriosis, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Endometriosis: Diagnosis the JH elaborate on:

“If you think you have endometriosis, see your health care practitioner who can refer you to a specialist gynaecologist. It is important not to delay seeing your doctor, as early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the severity of the disease. It is also important to know that many women do not get a correct diagnosis for seven to 10 years because the symptoms can vary between women and can change over time. Diagnosis can also be delayed by period pain often being considered as normal by both the community and health professionals”.15

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  1. Facts About Endometriosis. September 2015. World Endometriosis Society; and World Endometriosis Research Foundation https://endometriosisfoundation.org/Facts-about-endometriosis.pdf Accessed: 20 July 2020
  2. About Endometriosis. Last Reviewed Date: 21 February 2020. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/symptoms-causes Accessed: 20 July 2020
  3. Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes. Last Updated: 04 March 2020 | Last Reviewed: 15 May 2019. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/symptoms-causes Accessed: 20 July 2020
  4. Facts About Endometriosis. September 2015. World Endometriosis Society; and World Endometriosis Research Foundation https://endometriosisfoundation.org/Facts-about-endometriosis.pdf Accessed: 20 July 2020
  5. Facts About Endometriosis. September 2015. World Endometriosis Society; and World Endometriosis Research Foundation https://endometriosisfoundation.org/Facts-about-endometriosis.pdf Accessed: 20 July 2020
  6. Facts About Endometriosis. September 2015. World Endometriosis Society; and World Endometriosis Research Foundation https://endometriosisfoundation.org/Facts-about-endometriosis.pdf Accessed: 20 July 2020
  7. Endometriosis. Medical Review In 2014. Page Last Updated: 01 April 2019. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/endometriosis Accessed: 20 July 2020
  8. Endometriosis Facts and Figures. Endometriosis UK http://endometriosis-uk.org/endometriosis-facts-and-figures Accessed: 20 July 2020
  9. What Is Endometriosis? Causes, Symptoms and Treatments: How Can Endometriosis Be Diagnosed? Medically Reviewed on 20 September 2019. Endometriosis Foundation of America https://www.endofound.org/endometriosis Accessed: 20 July 2020
  10. Endometriosis: Diagnosis – Information Your Doctor Will Need. Last Updated: 29 November 2019| Last Reviewed: 15 May 2019. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/diagnosis Accessed: 20 July 2020
  11. About Endometriosis: Symptoms of Endometriosis. Endometriosis.org https://endometriosis.org/endometriosis/ Accessed: 20 July 2020
  12. Endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause? Medical Review In 2014. Page Last Updated: 01 April 2019. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/endometriosis Accessed: 20 July 2020
  13. Can I Still Get Endometriosis After Menopause? I’ve Reached Menopause. Can I Still Get Endometriosis? 30 January 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/expert-answers/can-i-still-get-endometriosis-after-menopause/faq-20404806 Accessed: 20 July 2020
  14. Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms During Menopause. Last Updated: 04 March 2020 | Last Reviewed: 15 May 2019. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/symptoms-causes Accessed: 20 July 2020
  15. Endometriosis: Diagnosis. Last Updated: 29 November 2019| Last Reviewed: 15 May 2019. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis/diagnosis Accessed: 20 July 2020
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