Endometroises, A danger to a woman’s health

“I can’t believe this is happening to me”!Eno said as she stared at the report the doctor handed over to her. The 35years old was in her 5th year in marriage and there was no cry of a baby in her home. She stood helpless in the inbuilt mirror in her master bedroom thinking of Peter’s reaction when he finally gets to know of her predicament.

Peter is a young handsome man. He is the only son of his mother . His father died when he was 5. His mother wished she had more children but it remained a fantasy.Peter loves his mum. He grew up with the hope of filling his home with children to fulfil his mother’s wish. He runs the biggest company in the city and has dreams of making his children’s life a happy one.

At the age of 23 ,Eno would happily talk about how she would dress her daughter and take a stroll with her at the mall. How she would teach his 15 years old son to drive and how she would frequently take pictures with them and flaunt it on social media just like how her favourite actress Mercy Johnson Okojie does.

She heard footsteps approaching.Her husband was still at work so it sounded like her step mum had a guest. She prayed it wouldn’t be AuntyAraba,the new grandmother in town.

Aunty Araba is her mother in-law’s friend from her days of selling “momoni” the favourite spice for cooking local dishes in Agbogloshie market.

Oh no! It’s Aunty Araba,She is going to add more fuel to the fire.I know she came to invite my mother in-law to her grandson’s naming ceremony.

“Eno won’t you come and greet Aunty Araba!Her step mom said giving her you -better -respect-elders look”.

“Eno how are you?And I hope our grandson is arriving soon”?said Aunty Araba

“This is the very reason why I was hiding in my room”. Eno mimed

The other day she met her at the market,She told almost all the women around she was expecting a baby.

“I am fine Auntie”.Eno said

“Eno let me give you a motherly advice,i dont know what is keeping you from giving birth. Listen my child you are aging and very soon old age will catch up with you and you can no longer give birth. Whose child are you going to send to fetch you water? My daughter think about everything I have said”.

“Thank you Aunty”. She wispered

Eno couldn’t control her tears.She wept till Peter arrived.

“Welcome my love” Eno said

Peter gave her his usual forehead kiss.What happened to you honey?Did you argue with mummy?

“No love,I am fine”. She said

“How do I explain this to my husband”Eno said to herself.

Meanwhile Peter had bought all the things they needed to decorate the baby’s room.Peter is very obsessed with children .

Eno has Endometroises. Guesing what is it?

Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus -the endometrium grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves around your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.

With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions — abnormal bands of fibrous tissue that can cause pelvic tissues and organs to stick to each other.

Endometriosis can cause pain . Sometimes severe especially during your period. Fertility problems also may develop. Fortunately, effective treatments are available.

ONE MIGHT ASK;WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NORMAL MENSTRUAL PAIN AND ENDOMETRIOSIS PAIN?

Although alot of women experience cramp during menstruation,women with endometriosis esperience menstrual pain far worse than usual and the pain increase over time.

Cramping pain in the lower abdomen (belly) can start from 1–2 days before your period begins and during your period. This usually causes pain before and/or during a young woman’s menstrual period.

The primary symptoms of endometriosis is pelvic pain often associated with menstrual period.Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before your period starts and extend several days into your period.

Pain during sex and after sex may occur.Pain with urination during period may occur .You may also esperience heavy bleeding.

One of the dangerous aftermath of endometrios is infertility.You will not be able to give birth if endometriosis is not treated.Almost 40% of women with infertility have endometriosis.Inflammation from endometriosis may damage the sperm or egg or interfere with their movement through the fallopian tube or uterus.

One can get pregnant with endometriosis, although it may not come easily. Up to half of the women with endometriosis will have trouble getting pregnant. The likelihood of having fertility problems depends on your age, your partner’s fertility, and how severe the endometriosis is.

Women with infertility who may not have an official diagnosis of endometriosis yet are also more likely to have endometriosis. Some research has found that infertile women are six to eight times more likely to have endometriosis than those who don’t struggle to conceive.

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), up to 10 percent of all women have endometriosis. However, not all women with endometriosis experience the same symptoms, and symptom severity does not correlate with the extent of the disease. To classify the disease, physicians evaluate patients using a system of staging that takes into account the location, extent, and depth of the endometrial lesions, as well as the presence and severity of adhesions and the p9ìresence and size of ovarian endometriomas.

What are the stages of endometriosis ?

There is stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4. These stages are used to help describe and evaluate the severity of endometriosis, with stage 1 being mild endometriosis and stage 4 being severe.

The stages include; minimal, mild, moderate, or severe endometriosis.

Minimal endometriosis also called stage 1 endometriosis, and is characterized by isolated implants and no significant adhesions.

Mild endometriosis (stage 2) is characterized by superficial implants that measure less than 5 cm in diameter without significant adhesions.

A woman with stage 2 endometriosis may want to try to conceive on her own for a while.

Moderate endometriosis (stage 3) involves multiple deep implants, small cysts on one or both ovaries, and the presence of flimsy adhesions.A woman with stage 3 endometriosis may proceed directly to IVF treatment(in vitro fertilization, which literally means “in lab conception.” with IVF treatment, the egg is fertilized with sperm in a petri dish)

Severe endometriosis (stage 4) consists of multiple deep implants, large cysts on one or both ovaries, and thick adhesions.

women with severe endometriosis, that is probably because the abnormal cells, or scar tissue caused by the abnormal cells may:

block the ovary releasing eggs, block the tubes and stop the tubes working properly

Many women with endometriosis fall pregnant naturally. But about a third of women with endometriosis have trouble getting pregnant.

Endometroises a chronic condition with no cure. … But this doesn’t mean the condition has to impact your daily life. Effective treatments are available to manage pain and fertility issues, such as medications, hormone therapy and surgery.

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