This March a matter very close to our heart comes into the spotlight. March is the month we dedicate to drawing worldwide attention to Endometriosis. 1 in 10 women have endometriosis. Laura, the founder and CEO of Rashoodz Swimwear has struggled with endometriosis since she was a teenager. She has had countless procedures and surgeries and still battles it on a daily basis. She is trying to raise awareness and funds for Endometriosis Australia by wearing yellow for the whole month of march. If you know Laura you know this will be tricky, since she is obsessed with wearing pink. If you would like to learn more about Endometriosis we have put the facts supplied by Endometriosis Australia. You can read more about Laura's story here and if you want to donate any small amount will help go to the everyday hero website page ---> https://give.everydayhero.com/au/laura-s-march-into-yellow-for-endo
and you can watch her progress on her instagram account called @lauras_march_into_endo
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS? Endometriosis is a common condition that affects about one in 10 women. It is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of endometrium, which normally lines the uterus, is found in abnormal sites around the body. Most often though, endometriosis it is found in the pelvis. These deposits can cause a number of symptoms such as pelvic pain and infertility. It is possible that you can have endometriosis and not have either of these problems. The degree of symptoms does not always indicate of the damage the disease is causing.
HOW IS THE DIAGNOSIS MADE? The only way that the diagnosis of endometriosis can be made is to undergo a laparoscopy and have a biopsy (tissue sample) taken. A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure, performed under a general anaesthetic where a thin telescope is placed into the umbilicus (belly button). This allows your doctor to see inside your abdomen and assess the organs of the pelvis and abdomen. A laparoscopy can magnify the tissues and even small amounts of disease can be seen. Tissue that is thought to contain endometriosis is removed at the time of the laparoscopy and sent to the pathologist to be viewed under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis. For further information on laparoscopy please see the information sheet entitled Laparoscopy available at this website. Sometimes the diagnosis is suggested without having a laparoscopy. This may be due to the fact that your doctor can feel tissues in your pelvis that are affected by endometriosis, can see an endometriosis cyst affecting your ovary or other pelvic organ or very occasionally see the endometriosis if it has grown through the vagina. Remember that the only way to be 100% certain of the diagnosis is to have a laparoscopy and/or biopsy.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS? There are three kinds of treatments for endometriosis: 1. Medical treatments (medications) 2. Surgical treatments (involving an operation) 3. Allied treatments (physiotherapy, psychology, alternate medicine, etc) You should discuss the differences in the treatments with your doctor before starting a treatment. There are advantages and disadvantages to all the types of treatments and you may need to have several treatments of different types before finding the right combination for you.
WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS? There is no ‘best treatment’, since treatments will work differently for individual women with endometriosis. You should be aware of the different kinds of treatments, and their possible effects and side effects or complications. A combination of treatments can be used to assist relieve the symptoms associated with endometriosis. There is no cure.
for more information go to https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org/