It’s vitally important that we use the right language when we talk about fibroids. With others and our doctors. It will help people know how serious we are about our health. 💋
Endometrium: the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus that is lost during menstruation.
Humans, “old world” primates, elephant shrews, and fruit bats are the only animals that menstruate. The prevalent theory is that in menstruating mammals, the uterine lining thickens and changes in preparation for an embryo to protect the mother’s uterus and to detect a faulty embryo and discard it. When implantation does not occur, progesterone levels drop and the uterine lining is shed.
The uterine lining of non-menstruating mammals does not change as much until implantation occurs, and whatever is unused is reabsorbed into the body.
Why this matters to us is that for those with endometriosis, what is causing the pain and the discomfort is that the endometrium is inflamed to the point that one may have ‘endo belly’. In endometriosis patients the endometrium doesn’t just stay limited to the uterus, it can grow outside and attach itself (it is pretty sticky after all) to other organs including your lungs.