Who Is Affected By Endometriosis?
Who is effect by Endometriosis?
Endometriosis has been found to affect 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.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium lining of a woman's uterus is growing on the outside of a woman's uterus. In a woman's uterus that is not affected by Endometriosis, the uterus lining is shed every month during a woman's menstrual cycle. Endometrium tissue that is affected by Endometriosis reacts the same way it would if it were on the inside of the uterus. During a woman's menstrual cycle the endometrium tissue will tear and cause bleeding outside of the uterus. The blood outside of the uterus will have no place to exit, and will make the tissues surrounding the uterus became irritated and inflamed.
What are the symptoms to look for?
Pelvic pain is the most common symptom of Endometriosis and usually the most severe. As Endometriosis progresses, it will cause the areas to grow larger in size. The longer Endometriosis is not treated the worst the symptoms will become. Endometriosis has other symptoms also such as:
- heavy or irregular bleeding
Will Endometriosis cause me problems in the future?
If Endometriosis is not taking care of it can cause a lot of further health issues. Not taking care of Endometriosis can cause an infection and the spread of that infection to other organ tissues around the area. In about 1% of advanced Endometriosis cases, women developed endometrium cancer. The most common long term effect in women with Endometriosis is infertility. Women in advanced stages of Endometriosis can experience scarring and damage to the organs, which results in infertility in 30-40% of women.
How can I get diagnosed?
Endometriosis can only be positively diagnosed by a Laparoscopy.ï¿½ 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:
- 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. Healthy diet and exercise can be great ways to help reduce to pain of Endometriosis. Sources: http://www.endometriosis.org/treatment.html http://women.webmd.com/endometriosis/facts-endometriosis?page=3 http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/laparoscopy-16156