Recent awareness around health conditions affecting the female reproductive system have been highlighted in the press this week.
Firstly with accounts and individual experiences of women going through endometriosis, and secondly experiences from fibroids.
Endometriosis: is when the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, the endometrial lining, grows in other areas of the pelvis. It can cause pelvic pain, abnormal menstrual cycles and infertility.
Fibroids: are benign tumours of the uterus that can grown in various locations on and within the uterine wall or in the uterine cavity.
Both of these conditions do not have a set cure and the experience of them can vary depending on the individual, location of the condition & its level of development.
Raising public awareness is a brilliant step forward, as frequently these experiences can be swept under the carpet, in the same way that conversations and awareness around menstruation is limited in social scenarios.
It is important not to feel alone. There are a myriad of solutions.
Interestingly it is reported that in a great number of cases, self-learning has been key in further understanding the condition.
There is one book in particular that stands out in this field.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, written by Dr. Christiane Northrup gives a wealth of information and context. She combines her knowledge as a gynaecologist for 40 years with individual stories and gives a greater perspective on a wide variety of conditions.
There are a myriad of solutions and she helps to share and explain the possible options in an approachable and relevant way. (Please note: this is not a replacement for seeking medical advice, but a great resource to support along the way.)
Recent media and raising an awareness around these conditions is a great step to further supporting women. Communication, social awareness & becoming aware of the options available are key in this area of health.