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A thread on #Endometriosis a systemic, inflammatory disease which affects around #1in10 or 176 million people worldwide.

This thread covers myths, causes, symptoms, comorbidities, pregnancy/childbirth, diagnostics, treatments, & patient experiences.

Endo is essentially an extra uterine, estrogen dependent, systemic inflammatory disorder that causes abnormal endometrial-like tissue growth, similar to cancer but benign. It is mainly spread throughout the pelvic cavity but has been found in every organ – but the spleen.
As we explore cause, we will discuss how it is likely a disease that people are born with (a genetic/developmental defect) that is activated when estrogen becomes dominant, this is largely around the first period for the majority of patients, who are people with a uterus.
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🌟From Lily Williams: My 14-year journey with the illness, in comic form
Endometriosis is so much more than a bad period

But the biggest question is: why aren’t women believed: both from myopic male drs. & judgemental women M.D.s, it’s pervasive throughout the medical community.
🌟From Lily Williams: My 14-year journey with the illness, in comic form

⁉️Why aren’t women believed?
🌟From Lily Williams: My 14-year journey with the illness, in comic form

⁉️Why aren’t women believed?
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I’m taking advantage of a pain-free moment during my period to say: March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis (and its cousin, adenomyosis) are common, affecting >10% of women aged 15 to 44.
Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the uterus grows somewhere outside the uterus (adenomyosis involves endometrial tissue invading the uterine wall). It behaves just like regular endometrial tissue—it builds up and is shed, causing swelling and scarring.
Symptoms of endo/adeno include extremely painful and/or heavy periods, pain outside the period (including during intercourse or bowel movements), infertility, nausea, constipation, abdominal heaviness and bloating.
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So March is #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth and since, right now, I am in the grips of an #endometriosis flare-up I'm gonna tell you all what having this disease is really like.
First of all, to put it simply, #endometriosis is when cells that are meant to grow inside your uterus grow on other parts of your body. Any parts! The cells can grow on your bowels, your stomach, liver, intestines, even your lungs, eyes, or brain. Yeah! It's terrifying!
And because these cells are supposed to be part of your uterine lining, they're basically programmed to shed every month. So like your uterine lining sheds when an egg isn't implanted & hence you have a period. These cells shed in the same way but....not inside your uterus
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