Endometriosis2017-09-18T10:33:36+00:00

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition.
It gets its name from the word endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus

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Tissue that looks and acts like the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus in other areas,
such as the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowel and bladder.

Endometriosis rarely grows in the lungs or other parts of the body. This ‘misplaced’ tissue can cause pain, infertility, and heavy irregular periods.

Common symptoms of endometriosis

Pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis. The degree of pain does not always reflect on the severity of endometriosis. Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Pain with periods that gets worse over time
  • Pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Infertility (not being able to get pregnant)

The pain of endometriosis can interfere with your life. Finding out that you have endometriosis is the first step to taking back your life. Many treatments can control the symptoms. Medicine can relieve your pain. And when endometriosis causes fertility problems, surgery can boost your chances of getting pregnant. Your specialist will discuss the options for you as an individual.

Diagnosing endometriosis

A laparoscopy is the only definitive way to know for sure if you have endometriosis. If you think you have this disease, come and see a specialist at Omnicare. Your specialist will discuss your symptoms, examine you, arrange a pelvic ultrasound and discuss surgery as necessary.

 

Treatment for endometriosis

There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are many ways to manage the condition, to minimize the impact on your life. Management options often depend on your symptoms, age and plans for pregnancy.

Management options include:

Surgery is usually the best choice for women with endometriosis. Surgery can allow for the resection/removal of endometriotic areas. Type of surgery include:

  • Laparoscopy to diagnose and treat endometriosis
  • Laparotomy or major abdominal surgery and /or hysterectomy as a last resort treatment for severe endometriosis

Medical treatment aims to suppress your cycle, and stop bleeding, thereby controlling future development of endometriosis. Depending on your age, your individual symptoms and situation, your specialist will help decide which medical treatment is most appropriate.

Pain medication for some women with mild symptoms, or to be used in conjunction with medical treatment.

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