While endometriosis is a common condition, it is complex and often misunderstood. Endometriosis occurs when tissue like the tissue that usually lines the uterus — called the endometrium — starts to grow elsewhere in the body. These growths may cause pain, scarring, and, in some instances, infertility. And misconceptions about the disease, including the five myths below, may keep some women from seeking help.
Talk to your Docplus about the best endometriosis treatment in Bangalore & Hyderabad if you’re concerned about painful periods or other possible symptoms of endometriosis, such as long-lasting pain in your lower back or pelvis.
- Teenagers are too young to have endometriosis.
Although it’s common for women in their 20s to be diagnosed with endometriosis, these women have often suffered pain and symptoms since their first period. Girls as young as seven have been diagnosed with endometriosis.
- Pregnancy is a cure for endometriosis.
This is a common misconception. Some women have been known to experience a reduction in the severity of their endometriosis while pregnant. However, evidence shows that pregnancy is not a cure.
- If you have endometriosis, you can’t have a baby.
Having endometriosis does not mean you’re infertile. The majority of women who are diagnosed with endometriosis will fall pregnant naturally without a problem. If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, it’s essential to have fertility conversations with your specialist, especially if you’ve been trying to fall pregnant for six months or more.
- The more pain you have, the more endometriosis you have.
The severity of endometriosis differs from woman to woman and isn’t related to the amount of endometriosis you have in your body.
- Period pain is normal; it’s just part of being a woman.
While women can experience a certain amount of pain during periods, pain that stops them from doing their normal daily activities and can’t be managed by over-the-counter medication is not normal.
Endometriosis comes in many forms, including painful periods, pelvic pain, painful bowel movements, painful sex, and back, leg, and shoulder pain.
- Hormonal treatments can cure endometriosis.
Unfortunately, there is no wonder pill or surgical cure for endometriosis. While certain hormone medications such as progesterone, GRH analogs, and the oral contraceptive pill can suppress the symptoms of endometriosis, they are not a cure.
- Endometriosis is a sexually transmitted disease (STI).
It’s hard to believe, but there’s still a myth circulating that endometriosis is a sexually transmitted disease. Let’s shut down this myth right now. Endometriosis cannot be transmitted sexually and is not related to any STI.
- Surgery for endometriosis will leave massive scars on my tummy.
Surgery is often a necessary treatment for endometriosis. On the upside, by choosing the right specialist, you’ll still be able to wear your bikini confidently after a procedure.
At Docplus, our gynecologists specialize in minimally invasive surgery, which involves making small abdominal incisions and using a laparoscopic microscope to complete the surgery. The outcome is minimal scarring and a faster recovery time.
We’ve exposed just a few of the myths surrounding endometriosis. Remember to empower yourself with knowledge and only trust information from reputable sources.