Understanding Endometriosis

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The uterus can be seen together with a tissue called the endometrium. Normally, the lining can be seen inside the uterus. However, there are some cases, when it grows outside the uterus too. In such cases, it grows on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, rectum or the bladder. This is known as endometriosis. This condition is one of the major reasons that affect women’s health.

Throughout the menstrual cycle, the endometrium inside the uterus forced out of the vagina, but the one outside cannot be ejected. This leads to the formation of cysts, scar tissue and lesions. Some women with endometriosis experience no pain but others suffer great pain before and during menstruation.

Health care professionals does not have the same opinion as others as to why endometriosis occurs. There are a number of theories that explain the growth of the endometrial tissue. However, the symptoms of endometriosis have similarity in all women. The severity differs depending on the location of the endometriosis, how deep it is fixed, and how long a woman suffers from it. Symptoms range from very painful periods, pain throughout copulation and ovulation, chronic pelvic pain, heavy menstrual flow, painful bowel movements, exhaustion and painful and recurrent urination during menstruation.

Medical professionals check the pelvis for cysts, thickening or tenderness. This test done throughout menstruation. The pelvis can also be checked through the help of an ultrasound scan.

However, for a firm diagnosis of endometriosis, people will need to get a laparoscopy done. This too has to be done all through menstruation. The doctor directs a general anesthetic and then makes a small cut near the navel and inserts a laparoscope inside it. The abdomen then filled with carbon dioxide so that he has greater visibility and can test out the organs, the location, number and the size of the endometrial growths. There are times when a bit of biopsy also done. A laparoscopy is a must since otherwise the treatment for endometriosis cannot start.

One of the troubles of falling inside the endometriosis zone have a fertility problem. It can cause damage to ovaries and blocks the fallopian tubes, thus creating difficulty in conceiving. However, there are still chances that the patient can conceive naturally if they consult the doctor earlier.

Health care in a woman affected by endometriosis taken by surgery and drug therapy. Which cure the doctor gives the patient depends on the location and size of endometrial growths, the severity of symptoms, the patient’s age and if they are trying to conceive.

Understanding Endometriosis
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