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Chronic Pelvic Pain – defined as pain originating below the belly button and lasting more then 6 months – can deeply impact women’s lives. So, diagnosing the cause is key to improving your life and health. The leading cause of chronic pelvic pain is a condition called Endometriosis[i].

 

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is an often painful and frustrating condition where the tissue which lines the uterus – know as the endometrium- begins to grow outside in the abdominal cavity often involving the ovaries, bowel and pelvic lining.

 

The endometrium is the tissue which responds to a woman’s hormonal cycles and fills with blood then sheds it through the cervix during her menstrual cycle. When endometrial tissue that is outside the uterus tried to shed this blood it becomes trapped in the tissue can causes sever pain and abscesses.

 

Symptoms include the following:[ii]

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into your period and may include lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. You're most likely to experience these symptoms during your period.
  • Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia).
  • Infertility. Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
  • Other symptoms. You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

However the severity of the symptoms is not an indication of the severity of the condition. Someone with a mild case may have severe pain while someone with an advanced case may had little or no discomfort. If you are having symptoms it is important to see your GYN to avoid complications if the condition becomes advanced.

 

Studies Show Heart Disease now beats Breast Cancer in Women Over 60

By Heather MacGibbon

 

 Breast Cancer is the most feared disease that women face. However, long terms studies have recently show that it is no longer the number one killer of women that it once was.

 

“Heart disease was responsible for 28.6 percent of all deaths in U.S. women in 2002, the last year for which complete data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” [i] This is much higher then the 21 % of deaths by all cancers and only 4% by Breast Cancer in this study. 

 

Advances in early detection and treatment options have made definite improvements over the past 10 years which have lead to better prognosis for women faced with breast cancer. By following the lives of over 60, 000 women over the age of 66 diagnosed with breast cancer over a twelve year period Researchers from the University of Colorado show that most have long lives and died of non cancer related illnesses.

 

“Almost half of the women were still alive at the end of the study. Of those who died, living on average to a respectable 83, more than two thirds died from causes other than breast cancer.”[ii] The biggest cause of death being cardiovascular disease.

 

This is partly because heart disease is am major problem for Americans due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. However it is also because a breast cancer diagnosis also can put women at a higher risk for heart disease.