Nollywood actress, Zainab Balogun-Nwachukwu in a social media post some weeks ago, opened up about her battle with stage 4 Endometriosis. The actress explained that she suffered numerous years of excruciating pain during her monthly menstrual period.
After she was diagnosed, Zainab revealed she had to undergo surgery and has been taking injections every three months to simulate menopause in her.
She explained that this treatment caused hair loss alongside other side effects.
This calls to mind sensitivity and awareness for women on this topic. In the vein of the women’s month of March, we want to look at the wellbeing of women’s reproductive health in the aspect of Endometriosis.
Misconceptions abound about this health disorder and women in general pay little or no attention to it.
What then is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. With endometriosis, the tissue can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or the intestines. Endometriosis most commonly involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis. Rarely, endometrial-like tissue may be found beyond the area where pelvic organs are located.
Most common symptoms are excruciating pain and menstrual irregularities. Other symptoms include; painful intercourse, pain with bowel movements and urination, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation and nausea.
Studies have revealed that over a hundred cases of Endometriosis are recorded yearly in Nigeria among women of child bearing age.
To quell misconceptions, it is treatable by medical personnels and specialists in gynaecology by use of hormonal procedures and excision surgery. Diagnosis are carried out before treatments commence.
As a woman, when you notice visible symptoms, you are encouraged to see your doctor if you have signs that may indicate endometriosis.
Endometriosis can be a challenging condition to manage. But positively, an early diagnosis, a multidisciplinary medical team and an understanding of your diagnosis may result in better management of your symptoms. Since Endometriosis can be chronic, proper management will help you enjoy quality life.
Zainab Balogun encouraged women who experience excruciating pain during their menstrual period to see a gynaecologist that cares. Good health to all women who take steps to better their health and wellbeing!