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Is increasing pain during bowel movement a sign that my possible endometriosis is at a more advanced stage or does this occur with mild endometriosis?

Is increasing pain during bowel movement a sign that my possible endometriosis is at a more advanced stage or does this occur with mild endometriosis?

Yes: Increasing pain with defecation can be a sign of worsening endometriosis. Make sure there is no other cause for your pain. Make sure you are not constipated and increase fiber in your diet. Advanced endometriosis can present in the posterior cul-de-sac causing painful defecation. ...Read more

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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Can you please tell me about endometriosis?

Can you please tell me about endometriosis?

Ectopic endometrium: The lining of the uterus is the endometrium. When a woman has her period that endometrial tissue turns loose and is expelled as the menstrual period. Some of the endometrial cells and blood can flow through the fallopian tubes into the pelvis. Because those cells are viable, they can implant and grow. When that happens, the endometrium that is growing outside the uterus is called endometriosis. ...Read more

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What are the pitfalls in the diagnosis and management of endometriosis?

What are the pitfalls in the diagnosis and management of endometriosis?

No biopsy: A great number of women are treated "empirically" based on symptoms of painful menses or dyspareunia. We would never treat breast or prostate cancer without a tissue sample. Laparoscopic examination with sampling and removal of suspicious lesions is a much better approach. ...Read more

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Why does endometriosis typically cause pain and health problems?

Why does endometriosis typically cause pain and health problems?

Endometriosis: There are certain proinflammatory substances that are secreted by the ectopic endometrial tissue that are very irritating to adjacent tissues and nerve endings causing pain. These substances, ie prostaglandin, will cause uterine contractions that are also painful. ...Read more

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What are some signs / symptoms of endometriosis?

Pelvic pains: Endometriosis is a condition where normal uterine lining is out side the uterus reacting to menstrual cycles, causing pelvic pains, painful menstruation, painful sex, abdominal pain and distensions due to adhesion, need to see gyn doctor., . ...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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What is the best way to diagnose endometriosis?

What is the best way to diagnose endometriosis?

Surgery: A biopsy of endometriosis is the only way to confirm a diagnosis. Almost always that requires a surgery. Based on symptoms there may be a very high suspicion and ultrasound may suggest an endometrioma (endometriosis cyst) but only surgery is diagnostic. ...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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Is endometriosis what's the earliest it can be caught?

Very Early: It may present very early, even before a woman has her first period, but more commonly not until a woman's periods start. Often presents even in young teenagers but very common for women in their 20s and 30s to seek care while ignoring pain symptoms before that time. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of endometriosis?

Pain before bleeding: Cramps are common w/ periods, but be suspicious of pain appearing 2 or more days before you bleed & goes away quickly after bleeding begins. As endometriosis worsens, pain keeps extending over more days. At its worst, it hurts pretty much all the time. Many don't seek help, thinking pelvic pain is a woman's "lot in life." often their mom had the same issues. Seek treatment! endometriosis scars! ...Read more

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