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How Do I Know If My Painful Periods Are Because of Endometriosis?

As many girls begin to get their first period around the age of 12, we are quick to just assume that painful periods are going to be a part of our monthly life for years. However, while your menstrual cycle does come with its share of challenges, including cramps, there is a point where painful periods are something more than normal.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Levittown wants you to learn about the condition that affects about one in every 10 women who are within their reproductive years—endometriosis.

What Is Endometriosis?

Did you know that more than 176 million women are living with endometriosis worldwide? Endometriosis occurs when the lining of your uterus grows within other areas of your body, such as around the ovaries, fallopian tubes or the intestines.

When endometriosis occurs, it can cause incredible pain for many women. In fact, the symptoms can be so hard on a woman's body that it can even becoming debilitating. While there is currently no cure for the condition, there are multiple treatment options, including surgery, that may help provide relief.

Endometriosis Symptoms

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

Am I at Risk for Endometriosis?

Although endometriosis can affect any woman, you do have a greater chance of experiencing endometriosis—seven to 10 times higher—if you have a family history of the disease.

Therefore, it is important to speak with a physician if you feel you are living with the symptoms of endometriosis.

Ways to Alleviate Symptoms

  • Invest in a wireless heating pad.
  • Use a rice sock to apply heat.
  • Take warm baths.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Try a TENS machine.
  • Keep medication on hand.

Are your periods negatively affecting your overall quality of life? Visit AFC Urgent Care Levittown today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!