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Endometriosis is more common than you think, and it can drastically impact the lives of those who suffer from it. According to The World Health Organization (2021),  WHO, endometriosis affects roughly 10% (190 million) of reproductive-age women and girls globally*. That is A LOT of women.

So, what is it? 

Endometriosis is a chronic disease identified by the presence of tissue resembling the lining of the uterus (endometrium), outside of the uterus. This extra tissue causes an inflammatory response in the formation of scar tissue within the pelvis and other areas of the body like the ovaries and bladder. 

How do I know if I have it? 

Symptoms vary but may include a combination of: 

      • Painful periods
      • Chronic pelvic pain
      • Pain during and/or after sexual intercourse
      • Painful bowel movements/ urination
      • Fatigue
      • Depression or anxiety
      • Abdominal bloating and nausea

How can I treat it? 

Recommended treatment options may vary between patients due to the severity of the symptoms experienced. Common treatment options include the following: 

1. Oral contraceptive
2. Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory medications
3. Surgery
4. Pelvic floor Physical therapy
5. Orlissa

Orlissa is a newer treatment option to reduce the painful side effects of endometriosis, now available at HerMD by prescription. If you have would like to book a consultation to speak with a provider, schedule an appointment here.

* Learn more about endometriosis by visiting the World Health Organization.

Somi Javaid, MD

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