Intense pain, which does not support daily activity and intense bleeding during menstruation, may indicate that something is wrong. They call it “silent disease,” and this is one of the most common gynecological pathologies among women in their fertile age, although it is unknown.
It is called Endometriosis, and it is stipulated that it affects 15% of the world's women’s population, but the lack of official statistics does not provide a clear picture of this disease.
Due to the naturalization of pain during menstruation, the diagnosis may take several years, which causes the disease to continue its path and cause other complications in the body that affect the bladder, intestines or other organs.
In most cases, the diagnosis is known only when a woman seeks to become pregnant and cannot become pregnant, because it directly affects fertility.
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There are several bills that have been submitted both at the level of Mendoza and the nation to request that this disease be considered a chronic pathology.
This qualification will have great benefits for people suffering from it, such as greater drug coverage, medical licenses and an integrated medical approach.
National Senator San Luis Maria Eugenia Catalfamo recently submitted a draft to Congress, so that compulsory medical plans provide for the identification, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, medication and supportive therapy.
In an effort to support this initiative, the Endometriosis Mendoza women’s team will meet on Saturday from 17 in Garibaldi and San Martin.
What is endometriosis?
The Argentine Society of Endometriosis qualifies it as a “mysterious disease,” although it is considered benign.
Although its cause is not fully established, it occurs when the tissue that covers the inner part of the uterus and which grows every month to get a pregnancy is not eliminated through menstruation, and these cells are placed in other areas of the uterus. body.
Endometriosis lesions can be detected in the pelvic region, affecting the ovaries, tubes, ligaments that support the uterus, the area between the vagina and the rectum, outside the uterus and the lining of the pelvic cavity (peritoneum). In some cases, endometriosis can be found in surgical scars, the intestines or rectum, bladder, vagina, vulva, cervix, etc. D. Less often, it can be located outside the abdominal cavity, for example, in the lung or nose.
Life with endometriosis
“The pain is so intense that every month I miss a week at work, and I take Tramadol,” says Eliana, one of the organizers of the meeting on Saturday.
“All the time they tell us that pain is normal when you have menstruation, but it’s not so, you have to end it, and you have to spread it so that all girls and girls know it, so you can see a doctor and they you are diagnosed because the first thing they do now is just to give you painkillers, ”explains a 47-year-old woman whose illness made her accept the case as a flag.
Through laparoscopic surgery, Elina discovered that she is at the 4th stage, the most serious, and repeats the slogan again and again: “This is not normal, because it hurts so much, you do not need to throw yourself into bed, because you have so many days of hemorrhage. "
She's not the only one; there are dozens of women in Facebook's Endometriosis Mendoza profile who tell their stories. "It is cruel when you feel that no one is listening to you, that medical professionals do not even know about it," he explains.
All over the world, they call themselves "Endogurreras", thousands of women who suffer from this condition, which is still contained under the rug due to the millennial naturalization of pain as part of women's life.