True or False: Endometriosis

True or False: Endometriosis

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Living with endometriosis is a real pain in the pelvic area for many women and people assigned female at birth. The pain can be debilitating, and some people may not even know they have
endometriosis because it can take years to get a proper diagnosis.

Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the tissue lining in your uterus grows outside of the uterus. These endometrial growths can bleed and swell and cause pain and serious health problems, including infertility.

Read: Fast Facts About Endometriosis >>

The symptoms of endometriosis can mirror other health conditions, which is one of the reasons why it can take a long time to get an endometriosis diagnosis. Another reason is that not everyone has the same symptoms. Some uncommon signs of endometriosis can include shortness of breath, acne and fatigue.

In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Month, take our quiz to see how much you know about the basics behind this common pelvic pain conditio

1. True or False: About 1 in 10 people who menstruate have endometriosis.

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true. Endometriosis is a common health problem. The condition can affect anyone who has a period but is more common in people in their 30s and 40s.

2. True or False: Bleeding between periods is a sign of endometriosis.

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true. Spotting between periods is a common sign of endometriosis. But this can also be a sign of other health conditions so talk to your healthcare provider if this is happening to you.

3. True or False: If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t have endometriosis.

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false. Some people have the usual symptoms of endometriosis. Others have uncommon symptoms. And still others have no symptoms at all. In these cases, problems getting pregnant is usually the first sign of endometriosis.

4. True or False: You’re less likely to have endometriosis if you’ve never had kids.

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false. You’re more likely to get endometriosis if you’ve never had children. Other risk factors can include family history, short menstrual cycles (less than 27 days) and periods that last more than seven days.

5. True or False: Endometriosis can show up in other parts of the body, including your lungs.

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true. It’s rare, but endometrial growths can appear in other parts of the body, including the lungs and the brain.

6. True or False: Diet and exercise can prevent endometriosis.

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false. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to prevent endometriosis. You may be able to reduce your risk by lowering the amount of estrogen in your body through diet and exercise. Hormonal options like birth control may also help reduce the risk of endometriosis.

7. True or False: Surgery is the only way to know for sure that you have endometriosis.

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true. Surgery is the only way to confirm you have endometriosis. The most common procedure, laparoscopic surgery, uses a small camera to show the inside of the pelvic area so the surgeon can look for growths and biopsy tissue if necessary. Healthcare providers can also perform pelvic exams and use imaging to suggest treatment options without surgery.

8. True or False: Surgery is usually the first step when treating endometriosis.

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false. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like ibuprofen, are usually recommended for mild cases of endometriosis. Hormonal birth control options like birth control pills and hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) can help reduce pain and bleeding for people with endometriosis.

9. True or False: Menopause can make endometriosis worse.

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false. Your levels of estrogen go down during menopause, and that can cause the endometrial growths to shrink. So that means less pain for people who are not taking menopausal hormone therapy.

10. True or False: There are four stages of endometriosis.

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true. The stages of endometriosis are based on where the endometrial growths are located, how far they’ve spread and and how much tissue is in the areas.

11. True or False: Dolly Parton is one of the celebrities who has endometriosis.

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true. The country icon has been open about her severe endometriosis, which led to a partial hysterectomy in 1985.