March 17, 2017 – Chronic Pain During Menstruation Might Be Endometriosis Symptoms, Please Don’t Ignore It
Doctors have urged Mothers to not ignore the complaints of pains by their daughters, especially during their monthly menstrual period as they could be the sign of endometriosis.
Nordica Fertility Centre Medical Director Dr Abayomi Ajayi gave the advice at this year’s Endometriosis Day, which had as theme: Endometriosis in adolescent.
He said many people mistook endometriosis for menstrual pains, a reason the clinic held the endometriosis awareness campaign.
Ajayi said endometriosis, which affects women of reproductive age, is accompanied by excruciating pains, especially during menstruation.
“The condition occurs when tissues that line the inner womb start growing outside the womb. These tissues continue to behave like those inside the womb, shedding themselves during menstruation with no outlet to flow out of the body, the medical doctor added.
In the past 12 years, the Endometriosis Support Group has carried out activities to raise awareness about the condition in the country and one of such is the yearly Endo March.
The walk started from Muri Okunola Park in City Mall, Onikan,passedthrough Ikoyi, and ended in Victoria Island.
Ajayi said though endometriosis is known as one of the leading causes of infertility, many women with endometriosis still get pregnant.
“Most Nigerian women with endometriosis find out about the condition when they go to investigate the cause of their infertility, usually in their 30s. This is late because endometriosis starts with the first menstrual period, usually around 13 years. Nobody should live in pains. There is a way out by treating and managing it. We do not have cure for now, but we are researching into same. That is why we have decided that this year, we should focus on creating this awareness among adolescents, as well as among their parents and caregivers, so that they understand this condition and help those affected by it get proper care and support.”
It is good to get them examined by doctors. They should not be given herbal concoctions or wished away the condition. It is good to get them examined and treated rather than allow them to suffer in pains,” Ajayi said.
On why Diamond Woman partnered the Endometriosis Support Group on the walk, Mrs. Aisha Ahmad, Head of Consumer Banking, Diamond Bank, said the bank was passionate about investing in Nigerian women and helping them achieve their potential.
This informed the bank’s choice of “Bank on Her” as the theme of its International Women’s Day celebration, she said.
She described endometriosis as a condition that can hinder sufferers’progress in their various endeavours, urging people to show understanding to them.