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Use as a reference tool only...
on 16 July 2015
As someone who was diagnosed with the condition 3 years ago, I was keen to find out more about it so thought this would be a perfect introduction. I didn't want to be blinded by all the science and technical blurb and was hoping the 'Dummies' guide would provide me with the information I was after in the right format. And it does... to a point.
This is definitely aimed at an American audience, which is fine if you can remember to bear that in mind as you're reading it, as it does make mention of certain procedures and terminology that either aren't available in the UK or are called something different here. As with other books in the 'Dummies' series, this is broken down into different sections so you can choose to read it from cover to cover, or skip to the bits that are of interest/relevant to you. This is very helpful, as it means you can easily find the parts that are specific to your concerns.
However, the one thing that really stood out for me is the emphasis placed on infertility and how much more difficult it will be for women with the condition to conceive. The problem is, it takes a very generalised view on the subject and no where does it seem to mention the fact that fertility issues and infertility are very much on a case-by-case basis. I found myself getting increasingly annoyed about this, as the more it's mentioned the more you get the feeling that what you're essentially being told is if you have the condition, having a baby will be utterly impossible. And that's simply NOT TRUE. And contrary to what this book would have you believe, not every woman with the condition has to go down the route of infertility treatment or IVF. But this book would definitely have you believing that that's the case in 99.9% of cases.
For a very basic overview of the condition this is okay, but it's not going to put anyone's mind at rest if they're going through the early stages of diagnosis. If anything, all it'll do is scare them witless! Endometriosis is a horrible, life-long disease, but it doesn't mean your life is over if you're diagnosed with it. And it certainly doesn't mean you should give up hope of ever having a family. I would use this book as a reference tool at most, but would recommend writing a list of all the things you want to know and talking them through with your consultant instead. You'll likely get a much better answer and hopefully one that won't leave you feeling completely despairing.