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How Serious Is Endometriosis?

For women, getting your period is just a part of life. While abdominal pain and discomfort can be a part of getting a period, the pain can be a sign of something more—the onset of endometriosis.

During National Endometriosis Awareness Month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants women to share some insight about when normal period pain might not necessarily be so normal—and what steps can be taken to help alleviate symptoms that could start to affect your quality of life.

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is diagnosed when the tissue that usually forms the lining of your uterus spreads beyond your uterine cavity. For instance, endometriosis has been known to spread to the ovaries, bowel and other tissues surrounding your pelvis.

It is stated that around 10% of women living in the United States are living with endometriosis.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

  • Painful periods
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infertility

How Is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

If you think you might be living with endometriosis, there are a number of different steps a physician can take to diagnose the condition. For starters, a pelvic exam might be completed in order to see if there are any abnormalities, such as cysts and scars, in and around your uterus/pelvic region.

An ultrasound and MRI might also be recommended in order to gain a better view of your reproductive organs.

Ways to Treat Endometriosis

  • Take medications to lower estrogen.
  • Exercise.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Cut down on caffeine.
  • Eat right and add more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Are you unsure what might be causing your abdominal pain? Visit AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. today. No appointment is necessary.