A man’s guide to understanding endometriosis.
A wrote once an article about a man’s guide to understanding fibromyalgia. Today it is time for me to write a man’s guide to understanding endometriosis. It is important for men to get the right education on a condition that destroys marriages and relationships.
Did you know that the endometriosis divorce rate amongst couples with this insidious condition is as high as 75 percent?
This means that three in every four marriages end in divorce. Endometriosis is truly devastating, not only for women, but also for men who struggle with the support of their partners, and who are marginalized by society.
Let’s get started with this man’s guide to understanding endometriosis…
- A man's guide to understanding endometriosis.
- Understanding endometriosis…
- Understanding endometriosis further.
- Final thoughts.
A man’s guide to understanding endometriosis.
This is my husbandry perspective on one of my wife’s chronic illnesses, it is a man’s guide to understanding endometriosis so that more men can be supportive and understanding.
Understanding endometriosis can be difficult if you don’t suffer from it yourself or have a piece of medical knowledge. In the beginning, I could barely spell the word, let alone understand it. This is a very complex chronic condition that involves your partner’s reproductive organs, ovulation, and periods.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that is similar to the one that normally grows inside the uterus, starts to grow outside of it. It’s a chronic condition marked by the growth of endometrial-like tissue in places where it doesn’t belong – most commonly on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic structures.
It is a very painful condition, that can cause a lot of other problems like infertility. The pain is caused by the tissue growing and bleeding in a place where there is no exit for the blood, but it also scars your partner inside of her body. This can cause a lot of inflammation and pain.
Endometriosis affects around 176 million women Worldwide, with a higher concentration in developed countries. The reported prevalence in the USA is between 6% and 10%, but some researchers believe it to be as high as 50%.
If you want to learn more about endometriosis, I wrote an “Endo-Tool, Endometriosis for Men” e-Book of which you can get a FREE 1st chapter containing all you need to know about this chronic condition, plus how to cope and support your partner.
- What is endometriosis?
- What are the symptoms?
- What causes endometriosis?
- What does endometriosis look like?
- What are the stages?
- What are the types?
- What is adenomyosis and how is it related to endometriosis?
- Why do some women develop severe endo and others don’t?
- Does endometriosis cause infertility?
- How is endometriosis diagnosed?
- Do types and stages affect the treatment?
- Recurrence of endometriosis after excision surgery.
FREE Chapter of “Endo-Tool”!
an Endometriosis for Men book
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
There is a large variation in the symptoms experienced by women with endometriosis, but the most common symptom is pelvic pain. This can be a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull, aching pain that is worse during menstruation or around ovulation.
Other common symptoms include:
- Pain during or after sex
- Lower back pain
- Pain when going to the toilet
- Heavy or irregular periods
Other, less common symptoms include:
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Nausea and vomiting
If your partner is suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to get her to a doctor or specialist as soon as possible, as the sooner a diagnosis is made, the better.
Diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.
Endometriosis can only be definitively diagnosed by a laparoscopy, which is a surgical procedure where a small camera is inserted into the pelvis through a small incision in the belly button.
There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are a number of treatments that can help to reduce the pain and other symptoms. These commonly include things such as:
To manage endometriosis at home, a holistic approach and a loving partner are needed. This means a healthy diet, moderate exercise, stress reduction, and a good skincare routine.
Endometriosis can be a very debilitating condition, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to be. This is why I decided to write a man’s guide to understanding endometriosis. But if you need a more in-depth guide, “Endometriosis for Men” is the best choice for you.
Understanding endometriosis is something that men can do to be supportive of their female partners. This disease affects a woman’s reproductive system and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. It is important for men to be understanding and supportive of their partners during this difficult time.
To get educated about endometriosis, there are a few things you can do. First, you can read about it online or in books. You can also talk to your partner about her experiences with the disease. Additionally, you can attend a support group or talk to a counselor about endometriosis.
Communicating with your partner about endometriosis is important. This disease can be a very sensitive topic, so it is important to be respectful and understanding when talking about it. You should ask your partner how she is feeling, and offer to help out with anything she may need.
Additionally, you should be a good listener – really listen to what she has to say about her experiences with the disease. Your partner is the best source of information as her symptoms are unique to her.
Doctors and drugs…
Some like them, some don’t.
There are a variety of treatments for endometriosis, and each woman will respond differently to each treatment. Some women find relief with medication, while others opt for surgery. What is important is to discuss all options with a doctor, and to make a decision that is best for you and your partner.
There are also alternative treatments for endometriosis, such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga. Have it in mind if the traditional medical approach doesn’t work well for your loved one.
Have an open mind!
What does it mean to have an open mind with endometriosis? This means being open to trying new things and being willing to support your partner in whatever decision she makes. It is also important to be open to talking about the disease and to be understanding of your partner’s experiences.
Endometriosis can be a difficult disease to deal with, but it is important to be supportive of your partner. By getting educated about the disease, being a good listener, and having an open mind, you can be a great support system for your partner.
Physical impact on her.
Women get impacted physically by endometriosis in various ways.
Endometriosis can cause a great deal of pain. This pain can be caused by the inflammation of the endometrium, or by the formation of cysts or adhesions. The pain can range from a dull ache to severe cramping and can be constant or intermittent.
Endometriosis can also cause fatigue, as the pain can make it difficult to sleep or concentrate.
In addition to pain, endometriosis can also cause gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, constipation, and nausea. Endometriosis can also cause infertility, as the disease can damage the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus.
It is important to be aware of the physical impact that endometriosis can have on a woman’s body and to be supportive of her during this difficult time.
Empathy goes a long way!
Physical impact on you.
Is there such a thing as the physical impact of endometriosis on a man?
While endometriosis does not directly affect a man’s health, it can have a physical impact on him. For example, if a man’s partner is in a lot of pain from the disease, it can be difficult for him to see her in pain and not be able to do anything about it.
Additionally, endometriosis can cause a woman to lose interest in intimate acts, which can impact a man emotionally.
It is important to be understanding and supportive of your partner if she is dealing with endometriosis. This disease can be a difficult one to deal with, but by working together, you can help your partner through it.
Endometriosis can have a mental impact on both partners.
For a woman, the physical pain and symptoms of endometriosis can be very difficult to deal with. Additionally, the impact that endometriosis can have on fertility can be emotionally difficult to cope with.
For a man, it can be difficult to see his partner in pain, and not be able to do anything about it. Additionally, the impact that endometriosis can have on a woman’s sex drive can be a source of frustration.
It is important to be understanding and supportive of each other if you are dealing with endometriosis.
The financial burden that comes with endometriosis can be a source of stress for both partners.
Endometriosis treatment can be costly, as there is no cure for the disease. Surgery, medication, and alternative treatments can all add up. Additionally, the impact that endometriosis can have on a woman’s fertility can be costly, as fertility treatments are often not covered by insurance.
It is important to be understanding and supportive of each other if you are dealing with the financial impact of endometriosis.
Finding support is important for men and women. Both of you can, and should, find someone to talk to about endometriosis.
There are a number of support groups for men and women dealing with endometriosis. These groups can provide a listening ear, helpful information, and a sense of community.
In addition, to support groups, there are also a number of online resources that can be helpful.
In every healthy relationship, intimacy plays a big role, but for couples who deal with endometriosis, it can be a difficult topic.
Intimacy is important for both partners, but it can be a challenge when one partner is dealing with a lot of pain. Additionally, the impact that endometriosis can have on a woman’s fertility can make intimacy a difficult topic to discuss.
It is important to be supportive of each other if you are dealing with intimacy issues. This disease can be a difficult one to deal with, but by working together, you can help your partner through it.
A man’s guide to understanding endometriosis focuses on endometriosis caregivers. Men as endometriosis caregivers aren’t widely recognized and spoken of.
We feel left out, alone, isolated, overwhelmed, helpless, frustrated, worried, unsupported, and marginalized. And yet, society at large expects us to remain silent and stoic.
We have a unique perspective, as we are often the closest people to our partners during their battle with this disease. We see first-hand the physical and emotional toll it takes on them. And we want to do everything we can to help, but often don’t know how.
Endometriosis caregivers need support too. We need to be able to talk about our experiences, share information, and offer each other a listening ear.
Understanding endometriosis further.
In this section of the article, I’d like to discuss endometriosis pain, the mood and reactions to stress caused by endometriosis, and lastly, the chronic fatigue that comes with this insidious condition.
let’s discuss them one by one…
Understanding endometriosis pain.
A proper man’s guide to understanding endometriosis means understanding endometriosis pain. Men should know that this pain is real, and it’s a problem that needs to be solved.
Endometriosis pain is a deep, aching pain that is often described as cramping pain. It can be sharp or dull, and it can radiate from the lower abdomen to the lower back and legs. The pain can be constant or it can come and go.
Endometriosis pain is caused by the inflammation of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. When this happens, the endometrium can break down and bleed. This can cause pain.
Endometriosis pain can be so severe that it can interfere with a woman’s ability to work, exercise, and have a normal sex life. The pain can also cause depression and anxiety. And since we stepped onto the subject of anxiety and depression, let’s move on to discussing the mood.
FREE Chapter of “Endo-Tool”!
an Endometriosis for Men book
Understanding the mood.
To understand the mood that is affected by endometriosis, we must first understand the pain. The pain of endometriosis can be so severe that it can cause depression and anxiety. The pain can also interfere with a woman’s ability to work, exercise, and have a normal sex life.
The pain of endometriosis can also cause a woman to have negative thoughts about her body. She may feel that she is not good enough or that she is not worthy of love. She may feel like she is not attractive or that her body is not functioning properly.
All of these negative feelings can lead to a negative mood. And a negative mood can lead to a negative outlook on life. So, if you want to understand the endometriosis mood, you must first understand the pain.
In addition, my wife’s battles with endometriosis led her to have suicidal thoughts and self-harm. My wife tried to commit suicide on more than one occasion. I needed to figure out what caused her to commit to it. I needed to understand her reactions to stress…
Understanding reactions to stress.
I wanted my man’s guide to understanding endometriosis to be honest and clear. Stress plays a huge role in the symptoms of endometriosis, and vice versa, endometriosis plays a big role in stress. It’s a vicious cycle.
Understanding your partner’s reactions to stress means understanding her triggers. What triggers your partner to feel stressed may be different from my wife’s triggers. You know your partner best. Observe her, and take notes if you have to in order to see changes in her behavior and reactions to triggers, soon you will find them.
Understanding endometriosis fatigue.
Most chronic illnesses often require understanding chronic fatigue. When it comes to endometriosis, fatigue is one of the most common symptoms. It’s also one of the most debilitating.
Endometriosis fatigue can be so severe that it interferes with a woman’s ability to function on a daily basis. The fatigue can be so bad that she may have to miss work or school, or she may not be able to take care of her family.
Endometriosis fatigue is caused by constant worry and fights with the challenges that lay ahead. It’s not all physical, but naturally, endometriosis causes physical fatigue and interferes with sleeping habits. Insomnia in turn prevents your partner from having proper rest, and that causes more fatigue.
This guide is for you. It’s a compilation of what I’ve learned from my own experiences, as well as from the experiences of other men who are in my shoes.
I hope it will provide you with some understanding, some guidance, and some hope. Because, ultimately, that’s what we all need when dealing with endometriosis.
If you have any tips that can be helpful to a man’s guide to understanding endometriosis, feel free to use the comments section below and write your heart out.
Hi, I’m Lucjan! The reason why I decided to create this blog was my beautiful wife, who experienced a lot of pain in life, but also the lack of information about endometriosis and fibromyalgia for men…