In all women, during the normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries produce estrogen. This hormone triggers the thickening of the lining of the uterus which aims to receive a fertilized egg: the endometrium. If no fertilized egg is implanted in the endometrium, it crumbles (desquamation) and is evacuated as blood in the vagina: these are the rules.
In women who have endometriosis, without knowing why, the endometrial tissue migrates out of the uterine cavity and develops on other organs. These misplaced tissues still react to the hormones as if they were still in the womb. They thicken, crumble, and bleed during the menstrual cycle. But unfortunately, the flow can not flow anywhere. Blocking inside the body, it strongly irritates the entire pelvic area and is responsible for the excruciating pain you will feel.
Endometriosis can take many forms. In some women, endometrial tissues form a mat on the surface of organs and sometimes stick together. These fragments eventually form nodules or even cysts and can be responsible for infertility: either by blocking the fallopian tubes or by preventing ovulation. Endometriosis can cause haemorrhagic bleeding even outside the menstrual period (metrorrhagia). The extent of endometriosis has no connection with pain. A serious case may not hurt you at all. The most common places are: ovaries, fallopian tubes, ligaments that support the ovaries, the outer surface of the uterus. In rare cases, they can develop on nearby organs such as the intestines, rectum, pelvis, bladder and even lungs.
Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological disorders. It is estimated that up to 10% of women of childbearing age suffer from endometriosis. The diagnosis of endometriosis is complex because the disease takes a variety of forms. Which explains why taking is load is often late because the disease took the time to grow well. Fortunately, the natural treatment that we offer will allow you to treat your endometriosis provided the diagnosis arrives on time. Endometriosis is usually discovered around the age of 25 at age 40, because of abnormally intense abdominal pain or a problem of infertility. The level of evolution of the disease is defined by stages ranging from 1 to 4.
What are the causes of endometriosis?
To this day, no doctor can tell you with certainty why some women have endometriosis. However, several theories are emitted to explain this evil. Here are some hypotheses:
-During menstruation, in women whose uterus is backwards, the blood of menstruation can flow backwards through the tubes. This retrograde flow is likely to cause several endometrial cells that can attach themselves to the uterine cavity by passing through the fallopian tubes and begin to grow.
-On another hypothesis, some cells normally located outside the uterus turn into endometrial cells under the influence of genetic and environmental factors.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Although very painful menstruation is the most prominent syndrome of endometriosis, it’s important for you to know that having painful periods does not automatically make you a woman with endometriosis. Several symptoms characterize endometriosis, namely:
Painful rules: this is the symptom that best characterizes endometriosis. The pain may occur at the end of the period, that is to say at the moment when the blood accumulated in the lesions of endometriosis causes tension. The pain caused by endometriosis has the distinction of being progressive and often appearing on one side of the abdomen more than on the other. Doctors rarely think of endometriosis when one of their patients reports suffering during her period. Most of the time, they equate these pains with the pains that occur during ordinary periods. The average time between first symptoms of endometriosis and diagnosis is 7 years.
– Pain during your sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
-Difficult to get pregnant (infertility), we will come back in more detail on this point in the FAQ
-Morrhagic bleeding (bleeding occurring outside the menstrual period)
– Difficulty urinating or traces of blood in the urine.
The intensity of the pain felt in no way makes it possible to judge the extent or severity of the disease. The severity of the symptoms depends mostly on where the endometriosis lesions are located, as well as their size. The extent of the disease has no connection with pain.