Where did it start?

So, Tuesday was a wet and cold Autumn day here and whilst binge watching a show about the remotest parts of Alaska, It got me thinking. What do women do with out access to a doctor, specialist and pain killers? More specific than that, What did they do before the times of diagnosis? So, my rainy day mission was research added with some more research, hours and hours to compile a list of fun facts and information, I hope you find it as interesting as I do.

More than 170 million women and girls around the world suffer from this disease.

Endometriosis was first reviewed in scientific literature in 1860, by Austrian pathologist Karl Freiherr von Rokitansky.  He referred to the disease in his writings as simply “an adenomyoma” ( tumor).

Medical review history dating back almost 4,000yrs has found evidence of endo like symptoms. Treatments involving leeches, straight-jackets, caustic chemical douches, being hung upside down, surgical fatalities, even being accused of demonic possession and killed – all because their crippling yet invisible pain misunderstood by everyone.

In 1927, endometriosis was formally described by Dr John Sampson, when he presented a paper identifying 13 patients in whom the presence of endometrial tissue was observed during abdominal surgery although The “Encyclopaedia of Medical History” published in 1985 did not have a mention for endometriosis.

The first references to endometriosis-associated symptoms are found in the Ebers Papyrus (Papyrus Ebers, is an Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to c. 1550 BC.), in which a treatment for a “painful disorder of menstruation” is described.

13th Century-Young unmarried women it was sometimes refereed to “disease of the virgins”

13th Century-The concept was that the uterus was not a regular organ, but rather a live animal, hungry for motherhood.

Pain was normally dealt with using opiates during the middle ages.

I have complied some of my favorite and wacky facts above, I can’t get over some of the things women were subjected to but I am so glad they paved the way for women today. I spent hours trawling through journal articles and medical history. If you ever get a spare day ( I know, I’m funny, right?!) Have a stroll down the road of confusing medical research. Incredible what can be found!


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