Sure Signs You Have Endometriosis, Like Chrissy Teigen
Model, cookbook author, and mother Chrissy Teigen underwent endometriosis surgery earlier this month. "Please endo this pain," she wrote on one of her Instagram stories, sharing a photo from the operating room. This week, home safe, she shared a photo of her scars, captioning it: "Love yourself!! B*tch has been throuuugh it." What exactly is endometriosis and how do you know if you have it? Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic. "Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs," they explain. Read on for a list of symptoms—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
You May Have Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)
What happens during each menstrual cycle is that the endometrial-like tissue mimics what the endometrial tissue would do: thickening, breaking down and bleeding. And, due to the fact that there is no way for the tissue to exit the body it becomes trapped. Sometimes it can also involve the ovaries and cysts may form. Additionally, the tissue surrounding the area can become irritated leading to the development of scar tissue and adhesions.
The Mayo Clinic notes that the primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with menstrual periods. "Although many experience cramping during their menstrual periods, those with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that's far worse than usual. Pain also may increase over time," they explain. "Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into a menstrual period. You may also have lower back and abdominal pain."
You May Have Pain with Bowel Movements or Urination
During a menstrual period, you may also experience pain while urinating or during bowel movements.
You May Have Excessive Bleeding
Another sign you may have endometriosis is if your periods are heavier than usual. "You may experience occasional heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods (intermenstrual bleeding)," the Mayo Clinic explains.
You May Have Infertility
Some women with endometriosis struggle to get pregnant, and their endometriosis is diagnosed in those seeking treatment for infertility.
You May Have Pain with Intercourse
Pain "during or after sex" is another common symptom of endometriosis.
How Is Endometriosis Treated
"Treatment for endometriosis usually involves medication or surgery," according to the Mayo Clinic. This can involve pain medication, hormone therapy, conservative surgery, or a hysterectomy, where the ovaries are removed. Teigen let fans know that her procedure went well. "I'm OK, and I'm back home now," she said in a video, showing her bandaged up stomach. Call your medical professional if you feel you need an exam—and to protect your life and the lives of others during this pandemic, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.