27 Mar '12, 3am

Know someone with worsening menstrual cramps? She might have endometriosis

It's that difficult time of the month again, and you're a wreck from painful menstrual cramps. To ease the pain, you pop painkillers and when it gets too painful, you take time off from work or school. If you think this is all part of being a woman, you might be wrong. According to Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head and senior consultant of Division of Benign Gynaecology at the National University Hospital (NUH), such symptoms could be a sign of endometriosis, a gynaecological disorder that occurs when cells from the womb's lining grow in other areas of the body. "Endometriosis is known to affect a woman's chances of conceiving and, in some cases, can eventually lead to infertility," said Dr Fong. The condition affects about 10 per cent of Singapore women, especially those in their early 30s. A study released by NUH last Dec found that 1 in 10 women endured painful symptoms for two to...

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