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Adenomyosis Harm Any
Usually: Adenomyosis is essentially an invasion of the muscle layer of the uterus with lining cells of the uterine cavity. One is essentially having a period inside the muscle walls. Early on, there may be negligible pain but by and large it is painful with heavy menses, cramping and hemorrhage. It usually ends with a hysterectomy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, heavy periods: Adenomyosis is endometriosis in the wall of the uterus. It can make the uterus enlarged, tender and cause heavy, painful periods as well as painful sex. The symptoms can often be controlled with birth control pills, a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, or an endometrial ablation; but the condition remains. The only "cure" is to remove the uterus. ...Read more
Surgery: Adenomyosis refers to endometrial tissue growing in the muscle of the uterus. Hypertrophy uterine wall may suggest it on ultrasound. Otherwise the diagnosis if made by pathology once the uterus is removed. Lupron (leuprolide) therapy (medical menopause) may reduce or eliminate the ectopic tissue for awhile, but eventually it will come back with its associated symptoms. Tx options depend on your symptoms. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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