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What Are Endometriosis Symptoms?

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Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium lining of a woman's uterus is growing on the outside of a woman's uterus. Symptoms to look for concerning Endometriosis include:

  • Pain
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal bleeding

Pain

Pain is the most common symptom from Endometriosis varying from woman to woman. Women have shown to usually experience the most pain during their menstrual cycle. �During their menstrual cycle is when women begin to have very bad cramps do to Endometriosis. Pains also arise after sexual activity in the abdomen area and sometimes the lower back. The amount of pain doesn�t always depend on the stage of the condition; again it will depend on the woman who is experiencing Endometriosis.

Infertility

The most common long term effect in women with Endometriosis is infertility. Roughly 20% to 40% of women who are found to be infertile will suffer from Endometriosis. In the advanced stages of Endometriosis, it is possible for a woman to experience a lot of scarring and damage to organs and tissue in the surrounding areas.

Abnormal bleeding

Endometriosis can cause some bleeding that is unnatural, and also effects the menstrual cycle. After sexual activity there could be some vaginal bleeding most often accompanied with pain. Women can also experience premenstrual spotting which is vaginal bleeding before the beginning of a woman�s menstrual cycle. There is also a chance of there being blood in a woman�s urine or during a bowel movement.

Who is affected by Endometriosis?

Endometriosis has been found to effect women from all age groups. Most often, Endometriosis will attack women who are going through the menopause phase of their life. Women who have already went through their menopause process are very unlikely to be effected by Endometriosis because their menstrual cycle has ceased, leaving no reason for the endometrium tissue to tear.

How can I get diagnosed?

Endometriosis can only be positively diagnosed by a Laparoscopy.� Laparoscopy uses a lighted tube inserted into an incision in the abdomen. It is used to be able to see the inside of the abdomen area and down into the pelvic tissues. There are other options if surgery is not wanted, but there will not be any way to be absolutely certain that the problem is Endometriosis. Visiting your Gynecologist is an alternative option because they can run tests such as:

  • Ultrasounds
  • MRI's
  • Gynecologist examine

Is there a cure?

Since it is unknown what causes Endometriosis it is impossible to come up with a cure. There are treatments for Endometriosis to help symptoms, but it differs from woman to woman. Pain killers are most often the treatment of choice because of the intense pelvic pains. Women who do not have fertility wishes, and are in a more developed stage of Endometriosis maybe choose to get a Hysterectomy performed. There are also hormone replacements which will lower a woman's estrogen level and protect again Endometriosis progressing. Diet and Exercise can be great ways to help with the symptoms of Endometriosis. Sources: http://mayoclinic.com/health/endometriosis/DS00289 http://women.webmd.com/endometriosis/endometriosis-symptoms

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