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Why You Should Join An Endometriosis Support Group | Treating your Endometriosis

Why You Should Join An Endometriosis Support Group

Endometriosis is a disorder characterized by the unnatural presence of endometrial tissue in areas of the body outside the lining of the uterus.  The presence of this endometrial tissue can cause many painful and uncomfortable symptoms, especially during menstruation.  In addition, endometriosis can also cause scar tissue to form on the ovaries and fallopian tubes, making it difficult for some women to become pregnant, leaving others infertile.

Endometriosis affects grandmothers, mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, wives and friends.  It can affect young teen girls, and symptoms can persist even after menopause.  Endometriosis is a chronic condition with no cure, and although physical symptoms can be treated, many women find it difficult to cope with the psychological affects endometriosis can cause, especially if worried about her fertility or has become infertile from her condition.

If you suffer from endometriosis or think you might, you need to understand that you are not alone. Millions of women around the world suffer from the physical pain and the emotional stress of the disorder.  If you haven’t already done so, it’s time you seriously considered reaching out for support.  Why?  Here are a few reasons:

Find understanding – Sometimes it can be difficult to open up about your emotional and physical feelings concerning endometriosis to others who don’t have the disorder and are unfamiliar with it.  Joining an endometriosis support group allows you to share your feelings with others who will understand what you are going though.  Just hearing the experiences of others and knowing that you aren’t suffering alone can provide you with some relief, and make you feel better about your life and help you cope with your condition.

Help others – Just as it’s good to listen to others stories, it’s also good to share your experiences.  Remember, all women with endometriosis suffer together.  Your experiences with treatments, the feelings you have, and the information you know about the disorder may help someone else cope.

Educate yourself – When you talk to others about endometriosis, you not only learn about their experiences with the disorder, but you may even learn something new about the disease.  For instance, many online support groups are available on websites that provide visitors with plenty of information about endometriosis, including all of the latest research and studies.   This means you can also learn about new treatments you can address with your doctor.

Moreover, if you think, you, or someone you know may have endometriosis, many websites that offer support, such as the endocentre.org, provides a questionnaire you can take to help you decide if you should bring your concerns to your doctor’s attention.

How to find a support group – If you are interested in finding a support group, the best place to look is online.  The internet provides you with the opportunity to join online support groups, allowing you to talk with a number of women with endometriosis all over the world.  The Internet is also a fantastic way for you to find support groups in your area that you can attend locally.

For instance, Endometriosis.org is an excellent website that provides you with information about the disease, and offers you both online support and the opportunity to find support groups around the world.  You can find a list of different country’s support groups and how to contact them by visiting endometriosis.org/support.html

In addition, the Endometriosis Research Centre also provides information about different support programs you can join.  They even have a program that is designed specially for young women who have endometriosis, or think they may have it.  You can find out more by visiting endocentre.org/supportprogram.htm

Finally, don’t forget to talk to your doctor.  He or she may know a support group in your area.

For more information about the benefits of joining an endometriosis forum and for information on natural treatments please visit Treating Your Endometriosis.
 

One Response

  1. Monica
    January 25th, 2007 | 6:03 pm

    The correct URL is http://www.endocenter.org.

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