In honor of March being Endometriosis Awareness Month let’s talk endometriosis. The simplest way to sum up endometriosis is to say that it is a PAIN—literally and metaphorically. It can make your life miserable through monthly pain and long difficult periods. It can also prevent you from having children.
If you have endometriosis, you are not alone. Approximately 6 to 10% of women of reproductive age in the US have endometriosis—that’s about 5 million women! While it is most common in women in their 30’s and 40’s, it can occur in any woman who is menstruating.
Are you at increased risk of having endometriosis? Take this quiz to find out?
Did your mother or sister have endometriosis?
Did you start your period before age 11?
Is your menstrual cycle less than 27 days?
Are your periods heavy and last longer than 7 days?
Do you have severe cramps during menstruation?
Do you exercise less than 4 hours a week?
Have you never been pregnant?
Have you been trying to get pregnant for over 12 months (if under 35) or 6 months (if 35+)?
Do you spot in between your periods?
Have you ever had a milky nipple discharge unrelated to breast-feeding (galactorrhea)?
All of the questions highlight a risk factors for endometriosis. The more boxes you checked, the higher the risk that you have endometriosis. (The last two–spotting and breast discharge–could also be signs of more serious problems which should be discussed immediately with your doctor.)
Other Creating a Family Resources You Will Enjoy
- Endometriosis: 5 Lifestyle Changes You Must Make Now
- Endometriosis may raise women’s heart disease risk
- Endometriosis 101
- Creating a Family Radio Show on Latest Developments in the Treatment for Endometriosis with Dr. Hugh Taylor, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, at the Yale School of Medicine.
- International Journal of Fertility and Sterility. Evaluation of Risk Factors Associated with Endometriosis in Infertile Women. (2016)