What is it!?

So the question everyone asks.... What actually is this disease? What does it do!?

Endometriosis is where the lining of the womb grows outside of the womb, usually in the pelvic area but it can spread further. The cells still act in the same way as they would inside the womb, they swell each month and shred. But when they're elsewhere they have nowhere to go and scar tissue builds up which sits on other organs.

Adenomyosis is endometriosis but in the muscle lining of the uterus. This is the real devil! My consultant explained it as the following: Your womb should be like Mike Tysons bicep muscles, strong and tight. But my womb is soft and spongy, in fact they nearly went through it when they poked it with their surgical tools!! 

Some of the main symptoms include intense stomach cramps, nausea, heavy bleeding, depression. It can also cause infertility. It is only diagnosed by a laparoscopy and MRI scans also help evidence the disease.

The big question... How do you cure it? Well the quick and simple answer is... You can't. There's no cure. Yes I know, heartbreaking. But there are ways to manage it. Pain relief, surgery and ultimately a hysterectomy (for the adenomyosis). Everyone is different and it's a personal journey on what works for you. So don't panic!

That's the boring stuff. I hope it helped clear up the basics of what these demons are. The next part will be about my journey from the beginning...

A x


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