If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be suffering from endometriosis. Approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age suffer from this distressing condition.
Although for many women endometriosis causes severe menstrual pain, endometriosis may be causing you altered bowel movements and pain when you go the loo, increasing your risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Sometimes, endometriosis may not show any symptoms. Perhaps you are having trouble conceiving without experiencing any of these signs. Are you left asking yourself, why?
You may be experiencing endometriosis without even knowing it.
Here is what is happening…
Endometriosis is when the tissue that lines the inside of your womb is also found around your ovaries and fallopian tubes – places where this kind of tissue isn’t usually found. This causes inflammation around your reproductive system and may be causing infertility.
The human body is amazing and will try to reduce the inflammation. However, the hormones released that reduce this inflammation may increase your risks of developing IBS. In fact, it has been shown that women with endometriosis are 5 times more likely to experience IBS!)
Unfortunately, IBS is not only an inconvenience for your day-to-day life but may also have detrimental impacts on your little one. These impacts may include an increased risk of miscarriage or experiencing an ectopic pregnancy.
Yes, this is all overwhelming. I know what you must be thinking – Is there any good news here? The short answer is yes!
What is the good news?
With the help and guidance of a specialist fertility dietitian you will be listened to, assessed and then provided with dietary advice tailored for you and your very own needs.
What should I do next, you ask?
If you are wanting to reduce your risks and severity of endometriosis, make an appointment with a specialist fertility dietitian today.