Fact: “Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting more than 5.5 million women in North America alone.” - The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
“It is estimated that between 2 percent and 10 percent of American women - or 5.5 million women and girls - of childbearing age have endometriosis. This makes endometriosis more common than AIDS and more common than cancer. Endometriosis is one of the three major causes of female infertility.” - Ohio State University Medical Center.
Myth: Abnormal menstral cycles are to be expected with endometriosis and are not a cause for concern.
Fact: Atypical menstration can be a sign of serious health problems. Any unexpected or prolonged bleeding should be treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Hormonal imblance is a big factor in the growth and spread of endometriosis and should never be overlooked.
Myth: Special diets, herbal supplements or exercise will cure endometriosis.
Fact: Anyone claiming to be able to cure endometriosis with whatever product they are selling should be considered skeptically. It’s improper to say they “cure” the disease as there is no cure. What they are doing, if successful, is relieving the symptoms of endometriosis. It is common sense that a healthy diet and excercise can boost your immune system and make you feel better all around. However, there are many unscrupulous people who are willing to prey on people in pain by selling gimmicks or, worse yet, medication they do not fully understand. Before you try any new diet, excercise, or medication discuss it with your doctor
Myth: Teenagers are too young to have endometriosis.
Fact: Far too many doctors still believe that endometriosis is rare in teenagers and young women. Consequently, they do not consider a diagnosis of endometriosis when teenagers and young women come to them complaining of symptoms like period pain, pelvic pain and painful intercourse.
Myth: Hysterectomy cures endometriosis
Fact: Hysterectomy treats Endometriosis ONLY on the organs that were removed. Endometriosis implants also have no need for external sources of estrogen, so regardless of whether you are on HRT or not, if all
disease was not removed, you may likely continue to experience symptoms.
All of these Myth and Facts were taken from Endometriosis Awareness Campaign's facebook page