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Chamia, you will speak during slides 1-3. Words~ 410 You have the most slides to cover because they are less informative. Slide 1: First introduce the group and our topic Slide 2: Introduction: Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting more than 5.5 million women in North America alone. The two most common symptoms of Endometriosis are pain and infertility. Some women have pain before and during their periods, as well as during or after sex. This pain can be so intense that it affects a womans quality of life, from her relationships, to her day- to-day activities. Some women dont have any symptoms from Endometriosis. Others may not find out they have the disease until they have trouble getting pregnant. Symptoms may depend on the site of active Endometriosis. Currently, there is no known cure for Endometriosis. Even with laparotomy there is a chance a recurrence. There are some allopathic and holistic treatments used to reduce pain, inhibit growth, and improve quality of life. (Refer to the stats on the slide and introduce the short video on Endometriosis and nutrition.) Slide 3: Possible causes for pain & Common symptoms Most women with Endometriosis experience pain on or around the time of their menstrual period. The means in which Endometriosis causes pain is subject to much research. One theory on the cause of pain is the small surface areas the endometriosis rupture, this could produce pelvic irritation or pelvic pain. Another Theory for the cause of pain is the presence of adhesions in the pelvic are, any motion of these organs (i.e. during intercourse), could produce pelvic pain. One other theory for pelvic pain during the menstrual cycle in patients with Endometriosis is the chemical changes that occur in the peritoneal fluid. The sudden onset of severe generalized abdominal pain is suggested to be caused from leakage or rupture from an endometrioma causing bleeding from the Endometriosis site. Symptoms of Endometriosis include: nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizzy spells, constipation, or diarrhea (usually prior to, during or after the period). Symptoms may also include chronic fatigue, mood swings, back pain, Dyspareunia) pain during intercourse, and abdominal and intestinal pain. Changes in menstruation have also been reported, it can become frequent, constant, heavy, and/or clotty.... View Full Document

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