Unbearable menstrual pain: Young woman warns of the consequences of endometriosis
Period pain is one of the most common complaints during menstruation. If the pain is particularly severe each month, it could be endometriosis - a condition that often goes undetected. A young Australian woman has now drawn attention to women's suffering with a bold picture.
Endometrium overgrows outside the uterine cavity
Endometriosis is one of the most common but also the most difficult to diagnose women's diseases. With the painful chronic disease, the endometrium overgrows outside the uterine cavity. Endometriosis often remains undetected for years. A young woman from Australia has now drawn attention to the disease with a bold picture.
One million women in Germany affected
According to estimates, around one million women suffer from endometriosis in Germany alone. 40,000 new cases are added every year. The disease is one of the most common causes of infertility.
As the Münster University Hospital (UKM) wrote in a statement, it takes an average of eight to twelve years for doctors to correctly interpret the often diffuse symptoms of their patients.
The proliferation of the uterine tissue leads to adhesions and adhesions on many organs and even nerves.
The abdominal and pelvic areas are mainly affected - but the endometrium can basically grow anywhere in the body.
Severe menstrual pain
The typical symptoms of the disease include severe menstrual pain, chronic pelvic pain and pain during sexual intercourse.
If endometriosis occurs in the bladder or intestine, blood in the urine, blood in the stool or discomfort during urination are also less likely.
Some women also experience non-specific complaints such as back pain, headache, dizziness and stomach problems.
In many cases, painful cysts also form.
Young woman draws attention to endometriosis with image
Cysts have also formed at 27-year-old Thessy Kouzoukas. One of them burst in the abdominal cavity of the young endometriosis patient from Australia.
On Instagram, she published a photo that shows a before-and-after comparison of her stomach.
On one side it has a normal, flat stomach, on the other the lower abdomen bulges out in a spherical shape.
She explained: “My stomach is on the left three weeks after the ruptured cyst (five weeks ago). I'm on the right now, I'm taking the drug "Synarel", which stopped my hormone production and put me into menopause at the age of 27. "
"This is shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis, ”writes Thessy under the post. She had not intended to publish the photos, after all, she was seen naked on it. But she had received private messages from other women who also suffer from endometriosis and feel left alone.
"If you know a woman who has severe menstrual pain, please tell her to be examined. And I want to say to all women and girls who suffer from it: You are not alone. ”
Positive experiences with alternative healing methods
According to doctors, endometriosis can often be treated hormonally, but in many cases only surgery remains. Thessy is scheduled for surgery at the end of August.
"Endo is not a joke. I will probably need more than seven hours of surgery and have to stay in the hospital for a week, ”the young woman writes.
In addition to conventional medical treatment methods, alternative healing methods are also conceivable, especially after an operation.
The main focus is on "reducing symptoms, reducing pain and restoring or strengthening the physical and psychological well-being of women", the Endometriosis Association Germany writes on its website.
According to the association, there are already positive experiences with acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), homeopathy and herbal medicine (phytotherapy).
The disease can also be positively influenced by a sensible change in diet, the reduction of stress and moderate exercise. (ad)