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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Reynoso
16 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Diabetes: Endometriosis is not related to diabetes. If you have symptoms from diabetes it is typically fatigue, frequent urination, sometimes a sugar odor to ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Hormonal tissue: Endometriosis is when the tissue normally present in the lining of the uterus, which grows and shed during a periods, gets outside the uterus. It can ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
A cause of pain: Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining implants somewhere outside the uterus in the abdomen. It can implant on a tube, an ovary, the b ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes sometimes: I have definitely had patients who have siblings and mothers, and even maternal grandmothers, all in the same family, with endometriosis. While it's ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience in Gynecology
Endometriosis: Since we don't know what causes endometriosis it is very hard to identify potential risks factor. But like any other disease that deals with chronic i ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnna Thomas
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Usually pain: Painful periods, irregular periods and infertility can also be associated. Scarring can cause bowel obstructions as well.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Multiple: First there are medical treatments - birth control pills, neta, progesterone, aromatase inhibitors, lupron (leuprolide). Then there are surgical trea ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience in Gynecology
Endo: Complications or consequences from endometriosis may include infertility, either because of tubal obstruction or endometriosis within the ovaries that ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Different: The endometrium is the lining of the uterus. Endometritis is an infection in the endometrium. Endometriosis is when the endometrium is growing outsid ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenan Omurtag
14 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not really: They are two separate pathologies...Not uncommon for them to coexist but. As one nears menopause, endometriosis and its symptoms will recede, but endo ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ali Khazaei
23 years experience in Gynecology
No: These are completely different entities. Both may cause infertility and pain and irregular periods, but there is no relationship between these 2.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It normally doesn't: Endometriosis can cause problems with getting pregnant due to scarring that can affect the tubes or involve the ovaries so that the egg and sperm can' ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
YES: Many women with endometriosis have painful sex, which is a common symptom. But most women with painful sex do not have endometriosis. You should alway ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infection: Fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts should not cause a foul odor during menstration. It may be that you have bacterial vaginosis. A foul odor i ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wendy Askew
23 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
For postmenopausal:: I would recommend oophorectomy in a postmenopausal patient, due to the (small, but possible) risk of a malignancy. While the most common type of dermo ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Pelvic pains: Endometriosis is a condition where normal uterine lining is out side the uterus reacting to menstrual cycles, causing pelvic pains, painful menstruati ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably: All endometrial tissue whether or not it is in the uterus or outside is hormonally active and so when you have your period, it is not unreasonable for ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: It can cause infertility. . Dont jump to conclusions. Treat the endometriosis then let's work and talk about pregnancy.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience in Gynecology
Endo: Yes, depending on the surgeons expertise, specially if there are atypical lesions and or retropreitoneal fibrosis that are not unroofed. You may not h ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Not likely: These two are not likely to be related.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Surgery: A biopsy of endometriosis is the only way to confirm a diagnosis. Almost always that requires a surgery. Based on symptoms there may be a very high su ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
34 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Dysmenorrhea - painful menses - can be caused by a number of things, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or certain other problems. An ovarian ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
22 years experience in Gynecology
Depends: Depends on the size and appearance. Though no radiographic test is perfect. The only way to know what it is for sure is to take it out. See a gyn t ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience in General Surgery
Doesn't matter : Endometriosis is fairly easy to spot so it really shouldn't make a difference.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Endometriosis is a disorder that is associated with menstruation, not ovulation. People with endometriosis continue to release eggs however the probl ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Surgery: Yes, an open belly surgery (laparotomy.) sorry, surgery is the only way to diagnose endometriosis: everything else is a guess!
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kimberly Morse
22 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Ovarian cysts will not irritate fibroids.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
CA-125: That is a blood test. If it is normal it is not helpful. In appropriate women, if it is elevated it may suggest endometriosis. An ultrasound may also ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No: Fertilaid has not been show scientifically to cure - or even help - with any female reproductive condition, in spite of the banners on their websites.
A member asked:
Dr. Adam Newman
28 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Potentially: The the goal is to minimize blood flow to the fibroids (and uterus), the decrease in blood supply can negatively impact fertility. Or, more specifical ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Lindheim
36 years experience in Fertility Medicine
It is not: Many women have retrograde menstruation resulting in pelvic endometriosis. However, if you have symptoms (which not every woman will have) including ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Derek Haas
Specializes in Fertility Medicine
Yes: Yes it can. It depends on the size however and exactly where is the location of the polyp within the uterine cavity. There can be inflammation assoc ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarrett
43 years experience in Fertility Medicine
It can be anywhere: One of the main theories as to the cause of endometriosis is the flow of menstrual fluid through the fallopian tubes at the time of the menses. If th ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manijeh Bahremand
Specializes in Internal Medicine
It is not unusual : It is possible
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience in Gynecology
Endo.: Yes it may.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Ovarian cysts in Polycystic ovarian syndrome frequently cause infertility. However, cysts are also necessary for fertility since the egg develops in a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Possible: That could be a good explanation, but there may be other reasons for rectal pain as well. Do you have a diagnosis of endometriosis already? Surgery, e ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Muliple issues: I would suggest that you seek a comprehensive medical evalaution: some GI symptoms may be related; however breast cance, ovarian cysts, kidney diease ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
For what cause?: For fertility purposes surgical treatment is best (nothing else works, ) alternatively women with endometriosis can conceive with ivf. For treatment ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Extremely rarely: I suppose it is theoretically possible but the cyst has to be very large to do that.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Renee Harris
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Multiple ways: Once endometriosis is diagnosed (usually with surgery), depending on the severity, it can be treated with hormone suppressing medications. Sometimes i ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Options: Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is one option. Norethindrone acetate is another. Personally i favor that it often works well and prevents periods which ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Endometriosis: The cheapest treatment are oral contraceptives. But you need to be seen by an ob/gyn to tailor the treatment to your needs. You may need a different t ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
30 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Most : Most women who have a hysterectomy from endometriosis have significant relief of symptoms, because they have "endometriomas", or endometrial tissue th ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Perloe
44 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Curing endo: While many women benefit from aggressive excisional laparoscopic surgery where all visible and deep disease is removed, after three to five years, a m ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes, ask REI.: Your questions are astute and complicated. Long story short: ivf hormones can make your endometriosis worse; Lupron (leuprolide) can help but not duri ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Jones
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Low: You are most fertile 14 days before your next period is due. So if you have a 4 week cycle that is day 14. So intercourse day 7 low chance of pregnanc ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
please see your gyn: As u may have an ovarian cyst from the endometriosis or form another reason or u may just be having pain form endometriosis without having a cyst.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No/YEs: No direct link but yes there is a genetic component to endometriosis. Many parents and siblings and families have it. But it may be more or less sever ... Read More
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ectopic endometrium: The lining of the uterus is the endometrium. When a woman has her period that endometrial tissue turns loose and is expelled as the menstrual period. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience in Family Medicine
Enoometriosis: Yes.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Suppress ovulation: medicines that stop ovulation and cyclic sex hormones: birth control pills, progestin pills, Depo Provera, (medroxyprogesterone) Lupron Depot. Results ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. D Elan Simckes
32 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Spread: I have not heard this nor if i read it. I think if it helps you and make you feel better then you should continue doing it. If it makes it worse than ... Read More

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