Does Endometriosis Cause Weight Gain?
There are no studies that directly correlate weight gain and endometriosis. However, many women with endometriosis also find they have gained weight. How do we explain this link?
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium, a tissue which lines the inside of the uterus, also is found outside the uterus. The endometrium is the tissue that develops when an egg is produced from the ovaries and will house the egg after fertilization. If the egg is not fertilized, it, along with the endometrium, is flushed from the body during your menstrual flow, or period. In cases of endometriosis, the tissue is located outside the uterus, although it still undergoes the same building up and breaking down process. When it bleeds outside the uterus, it can irritate the surrounding area and cause adhesions or cysts. Endometriosis can be very painful and quite severe, although severity of endometriosis doesn't necessarily mean severe pain. The endometriosis can be very small and cause a great deal of pain; it all depends on where it's located and the anatomy of the woman.
Where Is Endometriosis Found?
Endometriosis is usually found near the uterus and ovaries, although in some cases it can be found in or around the bowels and bladder. Very rarely is it found in other parts of the body, though this is possible.
Endometriosis and Weight Gain
There is no study that says endometriosis directly causes weight gain. However, women with endometriosis often experience some weight gain. We must look beyond the condition to determine why these women may gain weight
Current Treatment for Endometriosis
Current treatment for endometriosis usually involves the use of hormone pills such as birth control to slow or ease the occurrence of the condition. Birth control pills are commonly known to cause at least minor weight gain, and for some women, more severe weight gain. Since endometriosis can cause severe pain and cramping, especially during menstruation, women with the condition may not be as active as other women. Doctors recommend exercise for everyone, but it is suggested that exercise can especially ease symptoms of menstruation and endometriosis. Often though, the last thing a woman with severe cramping wants to do is get up and exercise..
Coping With Endometriosis
It is important that women with endometriosis find ways to deal with their symptoms. Try to exercise between painful periods, and see if this will ease some symptoms. Women with endometriosis often experience bouts of depression and anxiety, which can also lead to weight gain. Consider a support group or therapist to deal with the often frustrating side effects of your condition. Learning healthy coping strategies will go a long way to alleviate the emotional side effects you may experience.