Endometriosis: separating 5 more myths from the facts
Endometriosis is a chronic illness with no cure
In our first endometriosis: separating the myth from the fact blog we looked at five of the most prevalent myths surrounding endometriosis.
This blog will look at 5 more myths and what the truth actually is.
Endometriosis affects over 176 million women around the world. This debilitating illness is no respecter of age nor is there currently any known cure. And like many chronic illnesses it proves very difficult to diagnose.
Currently, it takes 8 years to diagnose endometriosis from when you first present symptoms.
Myth 1: sex can actually prevent endometriosis
Just no. This was a popular theory touted by people who did not appreciate (or have a clue about) the severity of endometriosis. In fact, those who do study and treat this disease know that painful intercourse is a hallmark symptom of endometriosis.
This theory was good for selling newspapers but that is about all it is good for.
Myth 2: Special diets, herbal supplements, or exercise will cure endometriosis
There is no cure for endometriosis. Not yet anyway. All we, as medical professionals, can do is help women manage this chronic illness.
This is not to say we’re ruling out the possibility diet and exercise may relieve symptoms of endometriosis, however the evidence today would not support this.
Myth 3: Endometriosis goes away at onset of menopause
There is no evidence to support this. So, we are going to call this a myth. Especially since the doctor who made this assertion based it on the fact he had not seen endometriosis after menopause. However, symptoms will subside after the menopause.
The oldest known patient with biopsy-proven endometriosis was 74 years old. There is also records of a woman aged 78 having endometriosis.
Myth 4: endometriosis only exists in industrialised countries
This one is weird. But it arose from the career woman being exposed to certain chemicals. There are two problems with this theory. The first is that there’s no research or evidence of any kind to back it up. The second problem is that women in non-industrialised countries have endometriosis.
It is believed that this theory arose because women in industrialised countries are more likely to be diagnosed than women in non-industrialised countries.
Myth 5: mothers who have endometriosis have a higher incidence of their babies having birth defects
Again, this is a strange one. There is no real evidence to support it. In fact we would go so far as to say there is no evidence tying endometriosis and your child having birth defects.
It is true that in some cases of extensive endometriosis the rate of infertility; however not every women with endometriosis will have trouble conceiving.
What OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care can do for you
At our Sydney clinics we offer ultrasound scans to diagnose endometriosis. The scan we use is 3D Sonovaginography which is a safe, no-downtime scan. This scan can predict deep or severe infiltrating endometriosis and provides your GP or obstetrician extra information over a sonography.
If you are diagnosed with endometriosis at OMNI, our team can plan your management and help you through the treatment process.
Talk to the team at OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care in Sydney to find out how we can help you. Contact us today.