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Endometriosis patient draws attention to her illness with a nude selfie
According to health experts, endometriosis is one of the most common but also the most difficult to diagnose women's diseases. Despite the severe pain, the disease, which in many cases leads to infertility, often remains undetected for a long time. A young woman has now drawn attention to her painful illness with a nude selfie on social media.
One of the most common women's problems
If unbearable menstrual pains and severe pelvic pain develop month after month, endometriosis can be behind the symptoms. The painful chronic illness is considered one of the most common but also the most difficult to diagnose women's diseases. A young woman from Australia also suffers from endometriosis. With a nude selfie, she has now drawn attention to her painful illness on social media.
It usually takes many years to be diagnosed
“It is estimated that about 7-15% of all women of sexually mature age have endometriosis. That is about 2-6 million women in Germany. More than 30,000 women develop endometriosis annually, ”the Endometriosis Association Germany writes on its website.
Other estimates even assume 40,000 new cases a year. The disease is one of the most common causes of infertility.
According to a communication from the University Clinic in Münster (UKM), it takes an average of eight to twelve years for doctors to correctly interpret the often diffuse symptoms of their patients.
The growth of the uterine tissue leads to adhesions and adhesions on many organs and even nerves.
Mainly the abdominal and pelvic areas are affected - in principle, however, the endometrium can grow anywhere in the body.
Severe menstrual pain
The typical symptoms of the disease include severe menstrual pain, chronic pelvic pain and pain during intercourse.
If endometriosis occurs in the bladder or intestine, blood in the urine, blood in the stool, or problems with urination are also less likely.
Some women also experience non-specific complaints such as back pain, headache, dizziness and stomach problems.
In many cases, painful cysts also form.
Young woman draws attention to endometriosis with image
Cysts have also formed at 27-year-old Thessy Kouzoukas. One of them burst in the abdominal cavity of the young endometriosis patient from Australia.
On Instagram, she published a nude selfie that shows a before-and-after comparison of her stomach.
On one side it has a normal, flat stomach, on the other the lower abdomen bulges out in a spherical shape.
She explained: “My stomach is on the left three weeks after the ruptured cyst (five weeks ago). I'm on the right now, I'm taking the drug "Synarel", which stopped my hormone production and put me into menopause at the age of 27. "
"It's shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis, ”writes Thessy under the post. She had not intended to publish the photos, after all, she was seen naked on it.
But she had received private messages from other women who also suffer from endometriosis and feel left alone.
"If you know a woman who has severe menstrual pain, please tell her to be examined. And I want to say to all women and girls who suffer from it: You are not alone. ”
Positive experiences with alternative healing methods
According to doctors, endometriosis can often be treated hormonally, but in many cases only surgery is left.
In addition to conventional medical treatment methods, alternative healing methods are also conceivable, especially after an operation.
The focus is on "reducing symptoms, reducing pain and restoring or strengthening the physical and psychological well-being of women", the Endometriosis Association Germany writes on its website.
According to the association, there are already positive experiences with acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), homeopathy and herbal medicine (phytotherapy).
The disease can also be positively influenced by a sensible change in diet, the reduction of stress and moderate exercise. (ad)