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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does endometriosis cause issues with depression?

    I was diagnosed with endometriosis 4 years ago. On the day it was discovered I had a Mirena IUD put in and have not really had a period since. The endo pain is gone which is miraculous but I have found that I have continuous PMT like feelings that are getting worse with every month. I wonder is it the endo or the fact that I never have a period and hence no ‘release’ from the PMT. Or maybe I am just stressed and losing it. On an aside I have a very difficult child and I wonder if the stress he causes me makes the PMT type symptoms worse. Right now I just feel like I am going crazy.
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    Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a leader in women’s health, supported by funding from the Australian Government. We provide trusted and easy-to-understand information to … View Profile

    Endometriosis can cause premenstrual symptoms, as well as tiredness and mood swings: www.endometriosis.org.au/about-endometriosis/symptoms 

    Endometriosis can also take a toll emotionally: Living with endometriosis can be extremely frustrating, especially if the path to diagnosis is a long one. Dealing with chronic pain, fertility problems and lifestyle restrictions can have a serious effect on a woman's emotional wellbeing.
    www.endometriosis.org.au/emotional-wellbeing

    Every woman's experience is individual and different people deal with emotional issues in different ways. What's important is that you find ways to cope that are effective for you and seek help where needed.

    If intense anxiety, depression or stress are experienced over a length of time and interfere with your daily life, seek medical or psychological help to assess the nature of the condition and how best to treat it: Your health practitioner/specialist, a counsellor or a psychologist may be able to help you develop various coping strategies, for example.

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