Feel like your waist is on fire during your menstrual period?
Experience pain during s*xual intercourse?
Complain of serious abdominal pain before your period begins?
Feel extremely tired or nauseous during your period?
Can’t stand the pain when urinating during your menstrual cycle?
If you answered yes to more than three,
Then continue with the follow-up questions:
Did you start menstruating at an early age?
Do you menstruate more than once in a month?
Do you consume alcohol?
Do you experience an abnormal flow of blood during your menstrual cycle?
If you answered yes to any of these, you might be suffering from endometriosis (pronounced as en-doe-me-tree-O-sis).
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus and attaches itself to another part of the body. This leaves the blood which is supposed to flow out captured thereby causing pain in the pelvic area.
Endometriosis occurs in one out of 10 women. This group of women often have difficulties getting pregnant. Although this condition is often attributed to witchcraft, in our part of the world, research has shown that there is no known cause of endometriosis. Unfortunately, it cannot be detected through ultrasound.
However, symptoms of this gynecological condition are obvious during one’s reproductive years.
Identical twins and those who have someone in their family line with this condition are at a higher risk of having this condition. Thankfully, medical science has developed several means of managing this condition. It is important to state here that not all pain experienced during your menstrual cycle is a sign that you have endometriosis. It could be your body sending a signal hence the need to consult a medical practitioner.
Having endometriosis is not the end of the world and we are grateful that Nike Oshinowo, former Nigerian beauty queen, has proven this true.