Women's Health and Endometriosis - What Do You Need to Know?
14 Apr 2022
One in ten women suffers from endometriosis, a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. Тhe world statistics also show that the number of affected women is growing in recent years. In March, endometriosis awareness month, Medrec:M held a specialized talk with the participation of Dr. Polina Goranova and Dr. Anastasia Avramova from MHAT “St. Sofia” and Maria Georgieva, founder, and chairman of the Endometriosis and Reproductive Health Foundation.
More information about the condition
The medical specialists Dr. Goranova and Dr. Avramova explained in detail the signs and symptoms by which the disease can be found and the ways to actually diagnose it. According to the experts, endometriosis can develop after giving birth with surgery during which cells can transfer outside the uterus (usually in the pelvic area). Another hypothesis why this disease occurs is the genetic predisposition. Experts point out that endometriosis is a benign disease that affects women’s lives in various ways, including experiencing severe pain, reproductive problems, prolonged menstruation or irregular menstruation, and others.
What is the solution to the problem?
Тhere is treatment only for the symptoms, but no targeted treatment for the condition has worked so far. Something highly beneficial is watching what you eat. Here are some tips for enforcing healthy eating habits that can have a positive effect on the symptoms of endometriosis:
- Reduce or stop eating sugar
- Reduce or stop drinking coffee and alcohol
- Eat little to no foods with harmful additives (Es) and preservatives
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Buy certified fish, grass-fed farm meat, and organic eggs
- Eat mature cheeses, legumes, nuts, tahini
The three participants in the talk debunked the various myths about endometriosis and pointed out the facts that are truly related to this condition. For example, one of the most common myths is that endometriosis affects only a woman’s reproductive organs, when in fact it can be also diagnosed in different parts of the body. Another popular misunderstanding is that teenagers cannot suffer from this disease. The truth is that endometriosis can affect women of any age. The misconception that pregnancy can “cure” endometriosis has been debunked because it is only a temporary solution to the problem.
The power of support
The support of women with this disease is important for creating awareness around endometriosis, so women can better cope with its challenges. This is also the mission of the Endometriosis and Reproductive Health Foundation. Maria Georgieva, the founder and chairman of the foundation, shared her personal story related to the disease and why is she so motivated to work on raising more awareness about the condition.
How do digital technologies help?
Health care can be greatly facilitated with the help of digital health tracking solutions. With the help of the Medrec:M mobile app, women affected by endometriosis can:
- enter and monitor their hormone levels
- monitor their prescribed therapy
- log details of their symptoms
- keep tests, documents, and diagnostic images, which they can share with their supervising doctor, if necessary