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What is endometriosis?

What is endometriosis?

A cause of pain: Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining implants somewhere outside the uterus in the abdomen. It can implant on a tube, an ovary, the bowel, the abdominal side-wall, etc. It tends to bleed just like it would inside the uterus during a period, except that it is inside the abdomen. It causes the surrounding tissue to become irritated and inflammed and this is painful. ...Read more

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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Is endometriosis hereditary

Is endometriosis hereditary

Yes.: Not all patients with endometriosis have a family history, but many do. If you are having pelvic pain, severe pain with your periods or pain on penetration with intercourse, you should see your gynecologist. While you can not see endometriosis on an ultrasound, you can see other sources of pelvic pain. Robotic laparoscopic surgery is the best way to see endometriosis. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be cured?

Managed: Cured might be a stretch. It can be surgicaly treated and removed, and medically managed. With treatment, the symptoms can be minimized or eliminated. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How painful is endometriosis?

How painful is endometriosis?

Variable: In some women, even a large amount of endometriosis causes no pain. In other women a small amount causes significant pain. Women feel a variety of different pain symptoms and the severity is different from person to person. It can be debilitating or it can be very mild. ...Read more

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How is endometriosis treated?

Multiple ways: Once endometriosis is diagnosed (usually with surgery), depending on the severity, it can be treated with hormone suppressing medications. Sometimes in mild cases, oral contraceptive pills can help. In severe cases where large cysts have formed or where it is causing blockage of the bowels or urinary system, surgery is needed and may require a hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries. ...Read more

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What exactly is endometriosis?

What exactly is endometriosis?

Chronic Condition: Endometriosis is a chronic female condition where parts of the uterine lining (endometrium) sheds through the tubes and implants in the pelvic cavity. The result is no symptoms, to chronic pain, to difficulty conceiving, to pelvic masses.
It is estimated that endometriosis occurs in 6–10% of women, presenting in the early reproductive years. Laparoscopy at times is used for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What's done for endometriosis?

What's done for endometriosis?

Endometriosis: Surgery is the gold standard, and reduces the amount/extent of disease. The most effective medical treatment is the drug lupron (r). It is costly with some side effects, but is safe and often as good for pain as surgery. The injectible contraceptive depo-provera gives mixed results. A much older drug, danazol, is mostly no longer used. ...Read more

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Where is endometriosis located?

Where is endometriosis located?

Pelvis, abdomen: Endometriosis is a serious problem in which little pieces of tissue (similar to the uterine lining that bleeds and sheds each month) are trapped inside one's pelvis and abdomen. Rarely, women may have tissue trapped in the chest or other places. With each menstrual period, the trapped tissue sheds and bleeds on the inside of the abdomen (the blood has no way to leave the body), causing much pain. ...Read more

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Can you die from endometriosis?

Never: Endometriosis, though sometimes quite painful, is never a diagnosis that would lead to death. Very severe forms of endometriosis can cause endometrial tissues to affect various internal organs and cause bleeding but that's incredibly rare. ...Read more

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What is inactive endometriosis,?

Endometriosis: Patches of endometrial tissue—normally occurring only in the lining of the uterus (endometrium)—appear outside the uterus. The misplaced endometrial tissue responds to hormones as normal endometrial tissue, it can bleed and cause pain. When it is inactive, the patches of endometrium remain quiet and do not bleed or cause pain for some time. ...Read more

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What are endometriosis symptoms?

What are endometriosis symptoms?

Different symptoms..: It depends where the lesions are located and what is the severity.
It could be quite asymptomatic to sever pelvic pain, infertility and irregular periods...
Remember all these symptoms could be due to some other diseases too. ...Read more

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When does endometriosis clear up?

When does endometriosis clear up?

Yes!: Endometriosis close to the rectum may cause pain due to scarring like in this picture. This is especially try closer to your periods. Also nerve endings get hypersensitive around the disease. If advanced, the lesions may invade the rectal area! For these reasons, it's important to make the diagnosis with laparoscopy and if possible, resection of as much disease as possible. ...Read more

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Does endometriosis have symptoms?

Endo: The most comon symptom is severe dysmenorrhea or pain with menses that is not relived by use of nsaid's and or bcp for more than 3 mo. Fatigue, painful intercoures, pain with bowel movements, bloating around ovulation and menses are other comon nonspecific symptoms. ...Read more

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What does endometriosis look like?

What does endometriosis look like?

Heres a classic pic: This is an endometriotic implant in the pelvis. These lesions are hormonally sensitive and will bleeds during menses. Endometriosis in the ovary can cause scarring that ultimately walls itself off to become an endometrioma which then becomes a blood filled (or chocolate cyst - becuase the old blood becomes brown and thick) cyst. ...Read more

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How can I deal with endometriosis?

Find endo-wise Gyn: Endometriosis has been long misunderstood. Find a gyn 1) who will listen, 2) knows that endometriosis is laid down during when you were a 6-7 week embryo and 3) has the surgical skill to completely excise all the endometriosis even if it is near critical structures. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of endometriosis?

What are symptoms of endometriosis?

See below: Typical symptoms of endometriosis include: painful period, painful sexual intercourse, and infertility. There is no significant correlation between severity of pain and degree of endometriosis Many patients with endometriosis do not have any symptoms. The gold standard of diagnosis of endometriosis is through laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis common among women?

Is endometriosis common among women?

Fairly common: Although experts may disagree over small differences, good ballpark figures for endometriosis are as follows: about 10-15% of women in the general population, between 40-60% of women with normal male partners who seek help for infertility, and as high as 80-90% who meet the above and have chronic pelvic pain. ...Read more

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How to know if I have endometriosis?

Biopsy: The only way to confirm endometriosis is during a laparoscopy where you get biopsies taken from the possible lesions. Anything else is just clinical suspicion. ...Read more

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How can you deal with endometriosis?

Get a good doc: You really need a doctor experienced in endometriosis to help. A combination of excellent surgical therapy, physical therapy, and sometimes medications leads to the best outcomes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about endometriosis?

That's alot!: This is a condition where tissue that normally lines the uterus ends up outside the uterus in various places, usually around the ovaries or behind the uterus. In that location, it causes pain. The condition can only be diagnosed with a day surgery (laparoscopy) and taking a sample of tissue in the wrong place. Treatment options are many but usually we start with birth control pills. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of endometriosis?

Pain: Pain in pelvis, belly, sometime low back just before or during period that gets better when period over is number one symptom. If you suspect this, please see your gym provider. Treatments available. Hope this was helpful. Dr. R ...Read more

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What are the causes of endometriosis?

Unknown: The top theories in order: 1) implants form from back-flow of menstrual endometrium through the tubes into the pelvis, 2) disease spreads through lymphatics and/or blood vessels, 3) 'coelomic metaplasia, ' in which normal cells change into endometriosis. The first two likely account for many cases. The arguments get fairly involved, but none of these theories is entirely satisfactory. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How fast can endometriosis grow back?

It doesn't grow back: The theory that endometriosis is caused by menstruation cells spilling backwards through the tubes into the pelvic cavity - sampson's theory - has been a theory held since 1935. It is, essentially a wrong theory that has misled physicians for over 70 years. More recent data indicates that it is during embryo development that endo is laid down awaiting stimulation. It is called "muellerianosis". ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of endometriosis?

What is the symptoms of endometriosis?

Many...: Severe menstrual cramps, pain with sex bladder and rectal pains. Endometriosis is also found in 50% of women with infertility. ...Read more

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How to cure pain due to endometriosis?

How to cure pain due to endometriosis?

Didfficult: It is not easy to control the pain of endometriosis in many women. There is no specific cure for endometriosis. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis. What can I take?

I have endometriosis. What can I take?

Endometriosis meds: Endometriosis medications vary from the oral contraceptive pill to GnRh agonists both of which require a MD Rx. ...Read more