Endometriosis: A Common Threat With Still No Cure

woman sipping on tea(BlackDoctor.org) — “I’m 29 years old and my life feels like it’s upside down,” says Ellen P., who has a history of unbearable crippling cramps, low back pain and flooding with her periods – that’s only been getting worse since she stopped taking birth control pills three years ago.

A medication called Naproxen helps her, but the pain is still disturbing. Most months, she feels like she should stay in bed during her periods. Sometimes, she actually has to. She has also been unable to get pregnant, even though she’s stopped taking the pill.

Unfortunately, Ellen’s complaints are commonly found in women. The common diagnosis? Endometriosis, which can affect women and teens of all ages, even those as young as 10 and as old as 70.

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the uterus is displaced other parts of the body. Called lesions, implants or growths, this displaced endometrial tissue commonly develops somewhere in the abdomen, typically involving the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus and/or lining of the pelvic cavity. These growths can cause infertility, painful intercourse, and irregular or heavy periods. Additional symptoms include abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and leg pains that coincide with the menstrual cycle.