Endometriosis

  • Long-term inflammatory reaction that results in tissue from the uterine lining growing outside of the uterus
  • Affects reproductive organs such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries
  • Can also occur in more distant locations such as lung, kidney or stomach
  • Symptoms may include cramping abdominal pain prior to and during menstrual cycle and pain with sex
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Most commonly affects females but can occur in men undergoing estrogen therapy
  • Can occur at any age but more common before middle age
  • May be mild with few symptoms to severe and debilitating
  • Can affect fertility

  • Apply heat to lower abdomen using a heating pad or hot water bottle
  • Take a warm bath
  • Lie down with legs elevated
  • Lie on side and bring knees to chest to relieve back pain
  • Exercise frequently

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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