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What is the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis?

What is the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis?

Same process: The uterus is made up of a thin lining and a much thicker muscular portion. The lining is called the endometrium. When these cells are found outside the uterus, it is endometriosis. When these lining cells are located deep to the lining but still inside the uterus that is adenomyosis. Simply put, adenomyosis is endometriosis that involves the uterus (below the lining). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where some endometrial tissue, which is lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus itself. Painful condition which is usually located within the pelvis ; most ...Read more


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I have adenomyosis. Is that the same as endometriosis?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a condition that has symptoms similar to endometriosis other than adenomyosis?

Fibroids can: Patients with fibroids often have heavy bleeding and pain and so do patients with adenomyosis. However, in general if you ask patients with symptomatic fibroids which is worse bleeding or pain they usu say bleeding whereas adenomyosis patients usu say the pain. Patients with adenomyosis often have painful intercourse fibroid patients much less so. Pelvic MRI very helpful to evaluate these patients. ...Read more

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How similar are symptoms for adenomyosis and endometriosis?

How similar are symptoms for adenomyosis and endometriosis?

Very similar: Adenomyosis is endometriosis in the wall of the uterus, and many patients will have both. It can make the uterus enlarged, tender and cause heavy, painful periods as well as painful sex. Like endometriosis, the symptoms can often be controlled with hormonal therapy, but the condition remains. Symptoms that do not respond to medical management may require surgery. ...Read more

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After I had a hysterectomy, I was told that I had adenomyosis. Is that different from endometriosis?

After I had a hysterectomy, I was told that I had adenomyosis. Is that different from endometriosis?

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. ...Read more

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Can i take aldactone if i have endometriosis and adenomyosis?

Can i take aldactone if i have endometriosis and adenomyosis?

Absolutely!: If you are taking a Potassium-sparing diuretic (Aldactone is in this category) for hypertension or as a prescribed part of a treatment regimen, then by all means. The water weight that you may be experiencing during your menses will be handled by the kidney naturally. I know that you would only take this because it was prescribed. I have some patients that get rid of water weight with diuretic ...Read more

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2 weeks post-lap for endometriosis. How much pain should I be having? Can adenomyosis be diagnosed in a laparoscopy?

2 weeks post-lap for endometriosis. How much pain should I be having? Can adenomyosis be diagnosed in a laparoscopy?

No pain: 2 weeks after a laparoscopy there should be no pain; however, individual tolerance to pain varies widely. Adenomyosis is inside the uterus and cannot be detected by laparoscopy but sometimes by ultrasound or MRI. ...Read more

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Can i conceive naturally with endometriosis and adenomyosis? First kid was natural conception. Now trying for the second.

Yes: It may be more difficult but it is possible to conceive with endometriosis and adenomyosis. Superovulation with intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization has improved the chances greatly. Treating the endometriosis is also very helpful with either surgery or hormonal therapy. ...Read more

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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?

See below: Endometriosis is a chronic condition requiring care by a gynecologist and you apparently are under the care of a such a doctor. Please see this site for information on this topic and discuss the matter with your doctor who knows you whole health picture. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001913/. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with adenomyosis & endometriosis. Having excessive clots and excessive bleeding with severe pain. Is this normal?

Nope: U need therapy i assume u had a laparoscopy and or robot surgery to make the diagnosis and hopefully much of the endometriosis was removed, u may need to go on depo-lupron, please call your gyn. ...Read more

Adenomyosis (Definition)

Adenomyosis is when glands and stroma from the uterine lining is found buried in the muscle wall of the uterus itself. The uterus at times is enlarged and it is boggy or soft in nature ...Read more