Endometriosis Awareness Week 2012

Conditions
Mar 02, 2012
Conditions International Endometriosis Awareness Week 2012 runs 5 - 11 March, highlighting this pervasive and debilitating disease that affects some 176 million women worldwide. With no cure or prevention available early detection and education are the primary tools to reduce the impact of the disease.

With no formal national network in Australia, the Endometriosis Association (Queensland) has a range of events across that state to spread the word. This includes information and support sessions together with informal discussions about the condition. They were also kind enough to provide answers to some of our questions about the disease - education being a crucial part of their role.

Endometriosis FAQ

What is endometriosis?

“Endometriosis is a condition in which the cells that make up the lining of the uterus (endometrium) migrate outside the uterus. These appear as elongated nodules a few millimetres in size. It is the second most common gynaecological condition and affects 10 percent of women from puberty through to menopause.”

What is the biggest obstacle in combating endometriosis?

“Ignorance. Many women have not heard of the disease, so end up thinking the pain is part of the female condition. Diagnosis can therefore take up to 10 years, but early screening can help to reduce this significantly.”

Where do these rogue cells typically colonise?

“The bowel, bladder, ovaries, on the uterus and parts of the peritoneal cavity.”

What symptoms should I be looking out for?

“Painful periods, pelvic pain, difficulty becoming pregnant and any abnormal bleeding.”

What treatments are recommended for endometriosis?

“Conventional medications utilised include anti-inflammatory medication, pain killers, hormonal treatments and surgery.”

Are there any natural remedies that are popular?

“A range of natural therapies are used to manage this condition, including elements of TCM such as acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as yoga, homoeopathy, hypnosis and attention to diet and nutrition.”

What other advice can you offer?

“If you are suffering from endometriosis be nice to yourself. Get enough rest and relaxation, eat well, exercise and educate you and your family about the disease.”

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Wellness inspiration of the week

People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills… There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. — MARCUS AURELIUS