Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining (endometrium) grows outside the uterus, typically in the pelvis.
This endometrial tissue causes changes that may lead to pain and infertility.
There are a lot of misconceptions about endometriosis and here we demystify this disease.
Severe period pain is normal
Many women with severe pain during periods are told that it is normal or they have a low tolerance of pain. But if pain interferes with daily life (going to school/work, going to work or other day-to-day activities) it is not normal.
So if you feel that the pain is affecting your daily life, consult a doctor to determine the cause of pain.
You are too young to have endometriosis
The symptoms of endometriosis generally start in adolescence or in the early 20’s but they are not diagnosed or treated till they are older. So nobody is too young to have endometriosis.
Endometriosis is not endometrium
Endometriosis is the presence of tissue similar to endometrium that is the lining of the uterus outside the uterus.
It is not the presence of endometrium.
Endometriosis is preventable
There is no known cause of endometriosis. But it has been seen to run in families and certain genes may make you prone to developing endometriosis. Age when the periods start, some gynecologic factors and environmental factors may affect whether a woman is affected. So it is not possible to prevent endometriosis.
Endometriosis equals infertility
Not all women with endometriosis will face difficulty in getting pregnant. Most women with endometriosis go on to have children. But 30-50% of women with endometriosis suffer from infertility. The probability of having difficulty in conceiving increases with the severity of the disease and the increasing age of the woman.