Endometriosis is a complicated health issue. Over 10% of women worldwide have endometriosis. It is a condition where the uterine lining, or endometrium, is found outside of the uterus, such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Endometriosis causes different symptoms. A woman can suffer from mild to severe pelvic pain. But endometriosis does not just affect a woman’s lifestyle, but also those who care for her.
So, what can you do if you have a loved one who is diagnosed with endometriosis?
Understand the condition
Endometriosis is a complicated health issue to understand. The symptoms and pains vary depending on the degree of severity. Research and learn about the symptoms and what causes the complication. Some website we recommend taking a look at is:
- Endometriosis Foundation of America
- Endometriosis Association
- Endometriosis UK
- Office on Women’s Health
The life of a woman with endometriosis affects not only her but also her relationships with those around her. Be supportive by being involved with her process of treating her endometriosis. Accompany her to her doctor visits so you can learn more about the condition. Join her if she goes to an event to raise awareness for endometriosis.
Be a good listener
The most important way to support your friend, sibling, or partner is through communication. Endometriosis is a very stressful condition to deal with. Speak with her to understand her experience with endometriosis. Some of the ways you can communicate is to:
- Ask her how she’s feeling
- Take her complaints about cramps and pain seriously
- Understand her need for pain medications
If you or your loved one is diagnosed with endometriosis and have trouble conceiving, please speak with your physician to see if fertility treatments are right for you. Every woman is unique and challenges surrounding conceiving could be related to something entirely different. It’s always best to discuss all possibilities with your physician. Contact Neway Fertility to schedule your first appointment with us.