Today’s Gold Coast ABC radio Drive show with Julie Clift has been cancelled. This means my interview about endometriosis has been postponed until Thursday 27th August.
However, you don’t have to wait to download the free booklet titled Understanding Endometriosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Pelvic Pain from the Australian Gut Foundation: gutfoundation.com.au.
To get you started, here is a brief explanation of endometriosis and its symptoms.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium) can travel into the abdominal cavity as well as being shed during menstrual bleeding. The endometrial tissue can then attach to pelvic organs such as ovaries, bladder and bowel.
This can lead to a wide range of symptoms including:
- Severe pelvic pain, especially before and during a menstrual period, that doesn’t respond to standard analgesics
- Irregular or heavy menstrual cycles
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, nausea, constipation, vomiting and rectal bleeding
- Problems fully emptying the bladder, leaking associated with urgency, and pain when passing urine
- Endometriosis can also interfere with fertility, regardless of how mild or severe the symptoms.
To find out more, click here.
Please forward this Health-e-Byte to anyone who suffers from chronic pelvic or abdominal pain.