Did you know that March is Endometriosis Awareness Month?

Probably not because so few people have heard of the illness, even though 1 in 10 women suffer from it.

“Lots of people have the misconception that endometriosis is just a bad period and may have been told that in the past. That’s simply not true,” Dr. Sheldon Weiss of our Zionsville office said. “It causes very painful symptoms, heavy bleeding, pelvic pain and even infertility, so keep telling your physician if it is persistent.”

Endometrial tissue, the lining of the uterus migrates to areas outside of the uterus typically around the ovaries and Fallopian tubes. This tissue is typically shed during a period, but because it’s on the outside of the uterus, the blood has nowhere to go causing debilitating pain and sometimes cysts or adhesions.

According to Dr.Weiss, the causes of endometriosis are uncertain, but can run in families. “In fact, 7 out of 10 women have a sister, mother or daughter with endometriosis. These symptoms mimic other conditions, so it can be hard to diagnose, so it’s important to discuss with your OB/GYN any symptoms you may have.”

Dr. Weiss said that there are several treatments available. “We can help with symptom management, hormone therapy or even surgical treatment. We’ll discuss all of the potential options with you to find the best treatment plan,” Dr. Weiss said. “We need to make more people aware of this disease, you don’t have to suffer.”

Spread the word about endometriosis, wear a yellow ribbon and if you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, contact your OB/GYN for an appointment.