Endometriosis is a sickness when tissue similar to, but not identical to, endometrium cells of the uterus grow outside the uterus. As many as 11% of American women between 15 and 44 years-old may have this sickness. It is most commonly diagnosed in women 30-40 years-old, but affects people of every age and gender. Having endometriosis can sometimes affect fertility. Endometriosis symptoms can be treated by a doctor, but cannot be cured. Wide-excision surgery can reduce or stol recurrence of disease. Treating endometriosis may help a woman get pregnant.
|Pain during sex||40–50%|
|Not able to conceive||30–50%|
|Feeling of a bowel movement, constipation, bloody stools, or diarrhea||1–2%|
|Difficult urination, bloody urine||>1%|
A woman can have endometriosis for a long time. It can be very painful. Women with endometriosis can have problems with their menstrual flow. This sickness can be so painful that it affects many areas of life.
Endometriosis is hard to find in some women. To find endometriosis in a woman a doctor may order many medical tests. These tests may be a pelvic exam and an ultrasound. When a woman has a pelvic exam the doctor will feel for lumps or scars. An ultrasound will help the doctor see cysts on the ovaries. The doctor may put a wand-shaped ultrasound probe into the vagina. A scanner may be used on your abdomen. Another test may be used. It is called an MRI. The MRI takes a picture of the inside of the body.
A doctor may try to treat endometriosis with medicine. There are different kinds of medicine that treat endometriosis symptoms. Birth control medicine can help some women have less pain. Another kind of medicine is called Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists. If the pain is less after taking medicine then the doctor may decide that the woman has endometriosis. If the woman stops taking the medicine the pain may come back.
Endometriosis is treated with surgery. This is called laparoscopy. The doctor doing the surgery can look inside the body to find endometriosis tissue. Surgery with biopsy is the only way to be sure that a woman has endometriosis. The doctor may see endometriosis tissue during laparoscopy. A doctor may remove a sample and study it under the microscope to decide.
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- ↑ "Endometriosis". US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2018-08-26. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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- ↑ Bulletti, Carlo; Coccia, Maria Elisabetta; Battistoni, Silvia; Borini, Andrea (2010-06-25). "Endometriosis and infertility". Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. 27 (8): 441–447. doi:10.1007/s10815-010-9436-1. ISSN 1058-0468. PMC 2941592. PMID 20574791.