Endometriosis is a complex disorder in which tissues that normally form inside the uterus, are found outside it. In most cases, they are found over the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the intestines. This leads to severe abdominal pain, especially during menstruation as the tissues shed blood similar to the endometrial lining and there is no way for the blood to exit the body.
Endometriosis affects women of all ages but is more common among women between 15 to 44 years of age. It may be more common in women of childbearing age as endometriosis directly affects the normal functioning of the uterus and reproductive organ. According to studies, around 50% of women who suffer from infertility have endometriosis, and 30-50% of women who have endometriosis usually suffer from infertility.
Some of the basic signs and symptoms of Endometriosis are as follows:
Since endometriosis directly affects the normal functioning of the uterus, it has a direct impact on fertility.
Over time, endometriosis has shown to be associated with many abnormalities and imbalances of the body such as headaches, weight gain, mental concerns, fatigue, and inflammation. The other unusual symptoms of endometriosis also include chronic and long-term diseases such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. We have further explained these other symptoms of endometriosis in detail for better understanding.
That being said, while 1 out of 100 women in the general female population is likely to get ovarian cancer, 2 out of 100 women with endometriosis are prone to getting ovarian cancer. This means that the actual probability of getting ovarian cancer due to endometriosis is still relatively low.
Furthermore, another unusual symptom of endometriosis caused by inflammation is hypercholesterolemia or increased levels of cholesterol which could also lead to possible cardiovascular diseases.
Therefore, the side effects of endometriosis are not only confined to fertility but can also pose a threat to life in the long run. If you or anyone you know shows the first signs of irregularities in menstruation along with unexplained headaches and severe abdominal pain, it is best to consult a doctor at the earliest possible to avoid further damage to distant tissues and organs.
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