Endometriosis is a diagnosis surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Myths are widespread and frequently heard, so they may be more believable than the truth. While a diagnosis should be discussed in detail with your provider at Advanced Women’s Health Center, some myths can easily be debunked.
As a result, while seeking help for their pelvic pain (which may occur apart from menses), many women with endometriosis are told that their (often severe) period pain is normal, part of being a woman, or in their head. Others are told that they have a low pain threshold. If pain interferes with your daily life (going to school/work, partaking in day-to-day activities) it is not normal.
Some believe that the condition is rare in teens and young women. Consequently, they do not consider a diagnosis when girls and young women come to them complaining of symptoms like period pain, pelvic pain, and painful intercourse.
Synthetic hormones have been used in the past to “treat” endometriosis. However, these hormonal treatments do not have any long-term effect on the disease itself. They do temporarily suppress the symptoms, but only while the drugs are being taken. Once use of the drugs ceases, symptoms more often than not return. This condition can be difficult to diagnose, especially in young girls. However, with the right doctor and proper education, endometriosis can be treated. Schedule an appointment today.