Endometriosis can be a scary diagnosis, but separating the truth from the myth can help you understand how to navigate this condition.
If my mom has endometriosis, I will too.
Fiction. While you are at a higher risk if your mom or sister has endo, you are not guaranteed to suffer from it.
Scientists do not know what causes endometriosis.
Fact. Researchers have theories, but they do not know exactly.
All women have cramps- intense pain is normal.
Fiction. While cramping does often accompany menstruation, pelvic pain affects nearly 75% of women with endometriosis and can intensify as time goes on.
I cannot have a baby if I have endometriosis.
Fiction. While nearly half of women diagnosed with endo have fertility issues, you can still get pregnant. Talk to your doctor is you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and you are trying to conceive.
There is no cure for endometriosis.
Fact. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for endo. That said, there is a wide range of treatment including medication, hormone therapy, and surgery.
March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. For more information about endometriosis and how to identify it and treat it, visit https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/endometriosis. The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services.