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39 year women w/o child would like children Still has ovulation but has diaphragmatic endometriosis. Need to make decision. Remove it or get pregnant?

39 year women w/o child would like children Still has ovulation but has diaphragmatic endometriosis. Need to make decision. Remove it or get pregnant?

Why either/or?: You might consider doing both, in whatever sequence you desire. Removing the troublesome area or areas may delay pregnancy, but by 40, women's risk of adverse outcome through age alone is just 1% above that of younger women. You may want to meet with a genetic counselor to identify any family, health and age specific risks and decide based on full knowledge of the possibilities.

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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Can you get endometriosis after having a baby, if you never had it before?

Can you get endometriosis after having a baby, if you never had it before?

Absolutely: It used to be taught that endometriosis patients had not only pain but infertility. However I have seen many patients who had neither and were still found to have significant endometriosis. The only way to confirm - and properly treat - endometriosis is to perform excision (surgically cutting out) of the implants or nodules using laparoscopy. This provides visual/pathology confirmation.

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How do you get endometriosis?

How do you get endometriosis?

Endo: In short we don't know. There are some theories that suggest that endometriosis occurs because of back bleeding through the fallopian tubes into the pertoneal cavity and the body is not able to digest this blood for which reason endometriosis develops. Most women have retrograde menses but only about 10 percent may get endometriosis due to a faulty immunological system.

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Could 16 year olds get endometriosis?

Could 16 year olds get endometriosis?

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a bening disease defined by the presence of endometrial glands (lining of inside the uterus) outside the uterus and its associated with pelvic pain, painful menstruation and infertility. The disease tends to progress and recurrs. Any female with menstruation can develop endometriosis.

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Who is more likely to get endometriosis?

Who is more likely to get endometriosis?

40 percent of women: Fortunately most women with endometriosis are not actually bothered by it. If symptomatic there are many treatments available.

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Can you get endometriosis when you are 13?

Yes: Very young women can have endometriosis, even before ever having a menstrual period. Although various theories exist, no one really knows for sure how endometriosis forms. And for that matter, why it is more active in some women.

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Could endometriosis get worse over the years?

Could endometriosis get worse over the years?

Yes: It is common for cramping from endometriosis to increase over time.

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Can someone with endometriosis get injections?

Yes: There are definitely indications for trigger point injections in women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) which can include endometriosis. While endo itself is not treated with trigger point injections, the CPP syndrome that results can lead to myofascial pains and pelvic floor dysfunction that will respond to trigger point injections. In some cases it is a very good treatment.

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Can I have more children if I have endometriosis?

Can I have more children if I have endometriosis?

Yes: Endometriosis is associated with infertility, although not considered a direct cause by its presence. The long term effects of endometriosis can cause infertility by adhesions and scarring of the tubes. If you had problems conceiving before, you may or may not them this time. The only true way to determine if conception is possible is to try.

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Will I ever be able to have children since I have endometriosis?

Will I ever be able to have children since I have endometriosis?

Yes you will: Follow up with your ob/gyn doctor, the disease is manageable and you would be able to conceive, good luck

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Can a woman get endometriosis from using tampons?

Can a woman get endometriosis from using tampons?

No: No. Have a talk with your gynecologist. I am not aware of any relationship between tampons and endometriosis.

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How can you get rid of endometriosis?

How can you get rid of endometriosis?

Excisional Surgery: In our experience, excision of endo is curative. In many repeat surgeries (over 100), endo was found only in 2 patients. This finding supports the embryologic theory of endo development. Endo is likely fully expressed by mid to late teens. From our findings, endo found later at surgery was likely missed or incompletely treated at the first surgery as is common with cautery or laser.

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Can you get endometriosis in the shoulder?

Can you get endometriosis in the shoulder?

Yes: Endometriosis is almost always found in the abdominal cavity. It may also be present in the vagina. Interestingly, . It has been found in distant organs such as the lungs and the brain. Although I am not aware of reports in the shoulder, I suppose it is possible.

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What to expect when I get my ultrasound for endometriosis?

Endometriosis: The ultrasound should let you know if you have a endometrioma (cyst from endometriosis) in your ovary. It won't help if you have scar tissue or other types of endometriosis. Those can only be identified surgically.

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

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

Full evaluation: Your history should be evaluated by an expert in endometriosis and and infertility specialist. Often, this may take 2 physicians. Good luck!

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Endometriosis runs in my family. Does it mean I could get it?

Possible: Endometriosis does run in families, but by no means does that mean that you will inevitably get it. Let's keep our fingers crossed that you don't!

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Is it normal for endometriosis to get worse after having a baby?

Is it normal for endometriosis to get worse after having a baby?

Well, sort of: No, not specifically because of having a baby, but endometriosis is a progressive disease so it tends to worsen over time. Also, endometriosis growth is reduced or arrested during pregnancy, so it can 'worsen' or progress once cycling resumes.

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Does endometriosis always affect your fertility? I'm only 20 and would like to have children at some point, am I better doing this soon

No: Approximately 40-45% of women with infertility problems have endometriosis. However many woman conceive with endometriosis, and after surgical or medical treatment. The goal of tx is to preserve your reproductive organs w/out damage to increase success of conceiving, also helping with the pain. Don't jump into trying to conceive until your emotionally, financially prepared to have children.

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I don't really have other symptoms for endometriosis except for sex not feeling good, and at times, feeling painful. Should I still get checked out?

I don't really have other symptoms for endometriosis except for sex not feeling good, and at times, feeling painful. Should I still get checked out?

How badly: Does the pain bother you? If it doesn't bother you so badly, then no need to have surgery to check for endometriosis now. Until/unless you want to try getting pregnant it is 99% a quality of life issue, not any sort of medical emergency.