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HEALTHIER YOU: Living with endometriosis 

March 25, 2024 by  
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Dr. Marguerite Brathwaite OB-GYN

BY DR. MARGUERITE BRATHWAITE OB-GYN

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. 

Endometriosis is when tissue like the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. It may affect more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44. It is especially common among women in their 30s and 40s, and may make it harder to get pregnant. 

Several different treatment options can help manage the symptoms and improve your chances of getting pregnant. Symptoms of endometriosis can include: 

● Pain, which is the most common symptom. Women with endometriosis may have various kinds of pain, including: 

● Very painful menstrual cramps 

● Chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back and pelvis. 

● Pain during or after sex

● Intestinal pain 

● Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods. 

● Bleeding or spotting. 

● Infertility 

● Stomach (digestive) problems 

There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatments are available for the symptoms and problems it causes. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options or call Innovative Women’s Care at (702) 413-7740. 

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