There is something that Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, actress Whoopi Goldberg, author Meg Cabot, personal trainer Jillian Michaels, and country singer Dolly Parton have in common. These five women have all suffered from endometriosis.1
Fast Facts About Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that affects between 2 to 10 percent of American women ages 25 to 40.2 Although 5 million cases have been recorded in the U.S., that number rises to 176 million cases when looking at worldwide data.3
The name endometriosis is derived from the word "endometrium" or the tissue lining that is found in the uterus.4 When a woman has endometriosis, this means that this lining develops outside her uterus (into endometrial implants) and acts just as it usually would, especially during her monthly period.5
This is where the problem starts. When this happens, the tissue essentially has no passageway to release itself and ultimately causes intense pain.6 Endometriosis affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus and lining of the pelvic cavity, in addition to other areas.7
While a definite cause of endometriosis has not been established, there are theories that have been linked to this condition. Factors such as retrograde menstruation (wherein menstrual blood that is supposed to be released goes backward into the fallopian tubes and into your pelvis), immune system problems, embryonic cell growth, hormones, genetics and the environment may all come into play.8,9
Infertility among women is said to be one of the main complications that arise from endometriosis. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, around 30 to 50 percent of infertile women suffer from this condition.10 Women who have endometriosis may also develop adhesions ("sticky" portions of endometriosis tissue that can bind organs together) or ovarian cysts (fluid-filled cysts found in your ovaries that may become large and painful).11
Prevent Endometriosis From Affecting Your Life
While endometriosis has been touted as a painful condition that women often struggle with, there are natural methods available that can help with pain relief. Plus, even though it is often said that endometriosis cannot be completely prevented,12 there are modifications that you can implement to your lifestyle that could significantly lower your chances of having this condition.
These endometriosis resource pages provide all the information you need to know about this condition: what it actually is, the different stages that can affect you, natural treatment protocols that you can use to your advantage and many more.