A member asked:

After i had a hysterectomy, i was told that i had adenomyosis. is that different from endometriosis?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yes it is different: Adenomyosis is when there are glands from the lining of the uterus up inside the wall of the uterus. Endometriosis is when these cells and glands from the lining of the uterus are growing outside the uterus. Adenomyosis is a common cause of heavy periods.

Answered 1/1/2021



Yes: Adenomyosis is where the menstrual tissue is found growing in the muscle wall of the uterus, and can be usually diagnosed only after the uterus has been surgically removed. It can cause uterine pain, heavy menstrual flow and enlarged soft doughy findings on exam. Endometriosis is where the tissue is found anywhere out side of the uterus, like pelvis (ovaries, bladder), lungs, and possible brain.

Answered 5/1/2018



Adenomyosis: Probably all patients with endometriosis also have adenomyosis. Yet some with adenomyosis probably don't have endometriosis, acquiring it through obstetrical delivery when endometrial tissue could be forced into the muscle of the uterus due to high pressure of contractions. Many endo patients never have significant problems with adenomyosis and suppression of cycles with birth control may prevent.

Answered 10/31/2015



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