How Endometriosis Affects Emotional Wellbeing

Endometriosis occurs when the lining in your uterus grows outside your womb. Once it breaches its boundaries, it attaches itself to anything nearby, including your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the outside of your uterus. It can even reach other organs like your bladder, bowels, and liver. 

Dr. Khashayar Shakiba at Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey compassionately and professionally diagnoses and treats women with endometriosis regularly in our Hackensack, New Jersey office, and we welcome you to come find treatment, relief, and peace of mind if you’ve been suffering from the effects of this debilitating condition.

We know that many women with endometriosis go untreated because they don’t understand what’s causing their symptoms and are afraid to ask, or they’re embarrassed to talk about their private pain. We assure you that we provide a safe and nonjudgmental space where you can feel at ease. 

Not only does Dr. Shakiba help you with the physical symptoms of endometriosis, he also helps you recognize and deal with the emotional impact it has on your life. Here are some ways endometriosis affects your mental wellbeing. 

Endometriosis can cause anxiety

Endometriosis is painful, and pain shares some biological similarities to anxiety. When you’re in constant or intense pain, like the type that often occurs with endometriosis, you live under a high level of stress that puts you on edge, shortens your temper, and makes you feel anxious.

Endometriosis can cause depression

Your endometriosis pain may also alter your mood in the other direction and make you depressed. The connection between pain and depression is well documented, so if you’re experiencing particularly severe symptoms, you may also be lacking motivation to get out and exercise, meet with friends, or play with your kids — all of which could help ease your symptoms.

Endometriosis leads to worry

Hearing your diagnosis for the first time and living with it day in and day out keep endometriosis at the forefront of your mind as you worry about what it means for your fertility and your overall health. Preoccupation with your concerns diminishes your focus on other aspects of your life and those around you. 

Endometriosis triggers relationship problems

Because endometriosis often makes sex painful, many women avoid it altogether, which naturally leads to strain, stress, and conflict within the relationship.

Endometriosis can cause problems at work

The heavy, long periods that come with endometriosis mean that functioning normally in a typical work environment is challenging. You need to be close to a restroom all day long, you may need to excuse yourself from meetings, your painful cramps make it hard to concentrate, and your condition is difficult to explain in the work setting, and therefore hard for coworkers and bosses to understand. 

How to treat and live with endometriosis

One study revealed that women who suffer from endometriosis report feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and a poor sense of wellbeing. It also reported that joining support groups, getting more education, and having access to medical treatment made a difference in their physical and emotional health.

Dr. Shakiba cares for our patients holistically by providing professional support, comprehensive information and dialogue, and state-of-the-art treatment. When the best way to relieve your endometriosis pain is the surgical route, Dr. Shakiba trusts the da Vinci® surgical system. This robot-assisted system allows him to perform your surgical procedure with amazing precision. 

With this minimally invasive technique, you have only a few tiny incisions that heal quickly and leave a miniscule scar. There’s also less bleeding, less chance of infection, and a faster recovery time. And the best part is that once your body returns to normal, so do your emotions. 

If you’ve been living with the physical and mental anguish of endometriosis, it’s time to get your life back. Contact us by phone at 201-279-5787, or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Shakiba today. 

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