Women with endometriosis need evidence-based information to make informed choices about their treatment.
Timothy Paul Smith
Endometriosis is cut or vaporised with an electric current or laser. It ranges from a simple, 20 minute operation to complex surgery involving important organs such as the bowel and bladder.
When looking for the right pill, women want to weigh up the cost, safety, efficacy and side effects of the pill.
There are more than 30 different types of contraceptive pills. But brand names such as Microgynon, Levlen, Yaz and Brenda give little indication of the ingredients, dose or who should use them.
Every woman and her disease are different, and each will respond in her own way to different types of foods.
There's some logic in eating and avoiding certain foods if you have endometriosis. And there are some studies that confirm this logic, but then others seem to refute it. And everyone is unique too.
When it comes to managing endometriosis, what works for one woman may not be the best choice for another.
Many women are prescribed the pill without a definitive diagnosis of endometriosis.
Women have long been told getting pregnant can help with endometriosis.
Pregnancy is often mentioned as a treatment or a 'cure' for endometriosis. Pregnancy may suppress the symptoms of endometriosis, but it is not a cure.
An opinion piece in the Guardian states there is no logical way any discussion about endometriosis should focus on how it impacts men.
A study examining the sexual impact of endometriosis on male partners has caused controversy. But talking to both members of a couple about a health issue is important.
The majority of women experience some cramping for one to two days in their periods.
Period pain usually begins soon after a girl starts menstruating, but commonly gets better as she gets older.
Girls star Lena Dunham suffers from endometriosis, a condition that affects one out of every ten women of menstruating age.
We must try harder to explore what causes endometriosis and not reinforce theories that imply fault on a woman's part, or are shaped by old ideas about women's roles and bodies.
One in ten women worldwide are thought to have endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis say it affects their whole life, but they receive little support for managing this condition, which doesn't have a cure or a treatment regime without nasty side effects.
Painful but not taboo.
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