Mother or Sisters with Endometriosis
If your mother or sister has endometriosis, you should know that you could have it, too. As yes, endometriosis is hereditary. Research shows that women who have a family history (or, mother and/or sister) of endometriosis, they are at much higher risk of suffering from this condition as well. Now, some women who suffer from it, never even realize that they have it because they don’t have any symptoms, but other women with this condition suffer from severe pain and in some cases, even infertility.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Each woman is different and many describe their symptoms differently to those of other women – so how do you know if you have endometriosis? There are some symptoms which occur more often than others, and they are referred to as common symptoms and in many cases, when the occurrence of common symptoms is paired with your risk factors, it can be decided if you should seek additional means to diagnose your condition.
For instance, common symptoms of endometriosis pain may include:
- Pain during intercourse
- Painful urination
- Severe menstrual cramping and bloating
- Pain during bowel movements
- Blood in the urine or stool and spotting between periods
However, you might have endometriosis and suffer from other symptoms including chronic pelvic pain, pain in the described areas when you are not menstruating or at a different point in your cycle. Or, you might have no pain when you urinate, but suffer severely painful intercourse.
My Symptoms Just Started
Many women feel that there is no way that they can have it because they just began experiencing endometriosis symptoms or because they have a couple of children, but the truth is that you can develop this condition at any time during your menstruating years.
For instance, you may begin to experience symptoms now but aren’t sure why. Maybe you had no problems becoming pregnant with normal pregnancies and didn’t feel pain such as your new pain before. You should know that there are many factors which will cause you to feel symptoms or not, for instance, if you are taking birth control pills, you may find that you have no endometriosis symptoms for years, and then you decide to fall pregnant, so you go off your birth control.
Maybe you fell pregnant rather quickly after you stopped using your birth control pills, but if you’ve been off them for a while, you find that you have a hard time conceiving. It is thought that the hormones in birth control pills are very effective in slowing the growth of endometrial tissue. So for many health care professionals, it makes sense that you would have no symptoms until after you stopped using it. Also, since it can help to slow the growth of endometrial tissue, if you conceive fairly quickly after you go off your birth control pills, you might find that you have no problem, but if you wait too long, you might struggle with infertility.
So, is it a given that you will wind up with endometriosis if your mother or sister has it? Well even though it is hereditary you may be fortunate enough not to suffer from any symptoms. If you are worried about it or experiencing any symptoms, then visit your health care professional for a diagnosis. You can also use a natural endometrial health support formula if you do suffer from painful symptoms.