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What every woman should know about endometriosis?

QUESTION

I read that women health is very complicated and often endometriosis without any symptoms can damage women fertility functions. Is it true that endometriosis is one of main causes of infertility in women. What every woman should know about endometriosis?

ANSWER from experts

It is true that women health is very complicated and depends on many factors. It is also true that many women with endometriosis don’t have any symptoms. It is also well know that endometriosis can cause infertility.

There are several things women need to know about endometriosis:

What every woman should know about endometriosis?

  • Endometriosis is the growth of endometrial tissue – cells that normally grow inside the uterus. During endometriosis the endometrial tissue can be discovered outside of the uterus. Endometriosis is most commonly found on other organs of the pelvis – on ovaries, Fallopian tubes, on bladder, etc.
  • The exact cause of endometriosis has not been identified.
  • Endometriosis is more common in women who are experiencing infertility than in fertile women.
  • Most women with endometriosis have no symptoms, in which case therapy is neither appropriate nor necessary.
  • Pelvic pain during menstruation or ovulation can be a symptom of endometriosis, but may also occur in normal women.
  • Endometriosis can be suspected by doctors in case if woman have symptoms and/or sometimes during a physical examination, but the definite diagnosis is usually confirmed by endoscopic laparoscopy.
  • Treatment of endometriosis includes medication and surgery for both pain relief and treatment of infertility if pregnancy is desired.

Endometriosis

 

You are more likely to develop endometriosis if you:

* began getting your period at an early age

* have heavy periods

* have periods that last more than seven days

* have a short monthly cycle (27 days or less)

* have a close relative (mother, aunt, sister) with endometriosis

Some studies suggest that you may lower your chances of developing endometriosis if you exercise regularly and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

 


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