1 in every 10 women has
The Pain is Real
Pain. This is the most common symptom. Women with endometriosis may have many different kinds of pain.
Bringing an end to misinformation about endometriosis which brings about ostracisement and economic disadvantage of sufferers
To continuously create partnership opportunities with local and international bodies that would bring about improved diagnosis, awareness and treatment regiment.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is the presence of functioning endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus, which induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium), is found in places outside of the uterus.
Who Gets it?
Endometriosis can happen in any girl or woman who has menstrual periods, but it is more common in women in their 30s and 40s.
You might be more likely to get endometriosis if you have:
- Never had children
- Menstrual periods that last more than seven days
- Short menstrual cycles (27 days or fewer)
- A family member (mother, aunt, sister) with endometriosis
- A health problem that blocks the normal flow of menstrual blood from your body during your period
There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatments are available for the symptoms and problems it causes. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.
Symptoms of endometriosis can include:
- Pain. This is the most common symptom. Women with endometriosis may have many different kinds of pain. These include:
- Very painful menstrual cramps. The pain may get worse over time.
- Chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back and pelvis
- Pain during or after sex. This is usually described as a “deep” pain and is different from pain felt at the entrance to the vagina when penetration begins.
- Intestinal pain
- Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods. In rare cases, you may also find blood in your stool or urine.
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods. This can be caused by something other than endometriosis. If it happens often, you should see your doctor.
- Infertility, or not being able to get pregnant.
- Stomach (digestive) problems. These include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
How is it Diagnosed?
If you have symptoms of endometriosis, talk with your doctor. The doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and do or prescribe one or more of the following to find out if you have endometriosis:
- Pelvic exam. During a pelvic exam, your doctor will feel for large cysts or scars behind your uterus. Smaller areas of endometriosis are harder to feel.
- Imaging test. Your doctor may do an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts from endometriosis. The doctor or technician may insert a wand-shaped scanner into your vagina or move a scanner across your abdomen. Both kinds of ultrasound tests use sound waves to make pictures of your reproductive organs. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is another common imaging test that can make a picture of the inside of your body.
- Medicine. If your doctor does not find signs of an ovarian cyst during an ultrasound, he or she may prescribe medicine:
- Hormonal birth control can help lessen pelvic pain during your period.
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists block the menstrual cycle and lower the amount of estrogen your body makes. GnRH agonists also may help pelvic pain.
- If your pain gets better with hormonal medicine, you probably have endometriosis. But, these medicines work only as long as you take them. Once you stop taking them, your pain may come back.
- Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a type of surgery that doctors can use to look inside your pelvic area to see endometriosis tissue. Surgery is the only way to be sure you have endometriosis. Sometimes doctors can diagnose endometriosis just by seeing the growths. Other times, they need to take a small sample of tissue and study it under a microscope to confirm this.
Endometriosis is a common health problem for women. Researchers think that at least 11% of women, or more than 6 ½ million women in the United States, have endometriosis.
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Who are We?
We are a Non Profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Endometriosis and providing scientific, medical and educational support to victims in rural Gambia.
Let’s Fight Endo was created in 2018, it is a registered organization in the Gambia and the United states currently seeking affiliations and partnership with International bodies offering medical and aid services to women in Africa suffering from the disease
What We Do
We also organize informative and awareness meetings with interests groups who join us in special awareness walks we have scheduled for quarterly staging
We have over the few months of creation identified close engagements with stakeholders as the most positive means of changing the falsehood and misinformation about endometriosis. From our social interactions we have been able create an atmosphere of trust which has made women suffering from these disease most of whom were not diagnosed understand what they were suffering and what to do after diagnosis. Our methods have been
- Social interaction with women community leaders and religious leaders
- Interactions with Socio-cultural groups
- Engagements with girls from primary to tertiary levels
- Engagements with Faith based organisations offering social assistance to women
- Women farmers associations
- Interaction with reproductive health units of private and public hospitals in the country
Our engagements and interactions with women and the society in general has enabled us understand that the most important tool for a change and deep knowledge of the disease is education
We have set up a special education program that educates women on prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Our education services also target spouses and family members
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