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During a menstrual cycle the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, builds up, breaks down and sheds. The lining then leaves the body through the vagina. When this type of tissue is found outside of the uterus, it’s called Endometriosis. When endometrial growths react to the menstrual cycle or hormones, it can result in internal bleeding.
Common areas where endometriosis may occur are:
- Fallopian tubes
- Pelvic cavity
Cases have also occurred affecting areas like the lungs, or skin. This is commonly described as extra-genital endometriosis.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pain in the pelvis during periods. Sometimes when symptoms are mild, patients are unaware of this. Others can experience debilitating pain. Other symptoms of Endometriosis include pain with intercourse and urination.
It also affects fertility. Many treatments exist for women struggling to conceive because of this disease.
There is no direct cure for Endometriosis, although medication can control the pain. It also may even lessen the progression of the disease. Surgery can also treat the disease to a degree.
Endometriosis is a disease that affects up to 15% of Women during their fertile years. Among Gynaecologic disorders, endometriosis is the second most common case. It is only surpassed by fibroids. In 70% of patients that are diagnosed with having fibroids, endometriosis coexists.
Patients that have endometriosis may experience different issues at certain stages. Treatment usually depends on:
- The age of the patient
- The extent of the disease
- The severity of the symptoms
- The desire for future fertility
Intervention usually is indicated for pain, infertility or impaired function of the bladder, ureter or intestine.
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