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i have adenomyosis. is that the same as endometriosis?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
No: There is normally hormonally active tissue in the middle of the uterus which causes you to get a menstrual period. When that tissue gets into the muscle of the uterus that is adenomyosis. When it gets outside the uterus (or on the outer surface) that is endometriosis.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Adenomyosis and endometriosis are similar in that they both are composed of glands like those that normally line the cavity of the uterus, but the glands of adenomyosis are in the wall of the uterus and the glands of endometriosis are outside the uterus. In both cases, the glands "bleed" and become inflamed during menstrual periods.
Nov 21, 2011
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Cousins: Both conditions often coexists in the same patient. In endometriosis tissue that resembles endometrium is ectopic or out of the uterus into other pelvic organs like the ovaries and appendix. In adenomyosis the endometrium is within the uterus but buried into the muscular layer of the womb causing symptoms of pain and excess menstruation. See arrows in this mri.

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A 21-year-old 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
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
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.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Nice summary
Nov 13, 2011
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes and no. Many endometriosis experts look at adenomyosis and endometriosis of the uterus. They have a common theme - endometrial tissue growing somewhere it isn't supposed to. That said, adenomyosis is quite common in women who have had children. Endometriosis is less common.
Nov 18, 2011
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long after stopping lupron (leuprolide) for endometriosis will it take for your body to go back to normal?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Few days: Even though half life of Lupron (leuprolide) is only 3 to 4 hrs plasama levels will remain high for few more days ( missing one dose is not a big problem ).
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can someone get a burner and concussion at the same time from basketball?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Yes: Sudden stinging down arms or legs is often called a burner. Trauma to nerves in neck or shoulder can do this. Trauma to the head with confusion, nausea, and alteration in consciousness can be considered a concussion. Both types of symptoms may occur during a major trauma event.
A 41-year-old female asked:

I have had surgeries for endometriosis and I really want to get pregrant am 42 what can I do.?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
RE ASAP: See a reproductive endocrinologist as soon as you can: all else notwithstanding, if you are 42 years old you don't have time to waste. See a specialist; you may not need aggressive treatment but you can't afford the luxury of trial and error that younger women often have. Best of luck!
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A 36-year-old female asked:

I have stage 4 recto-vaginal endometriosis & adenomyosis. What does this all mean if you include the 6.4 x 3.5cm cystic lesion with internal septation?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
You are going: To need surgery by a skilled surgeon and probably some med like depo- Lupron (leuprolide) afterwards.

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