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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 some endometrial tissue, which is 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 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 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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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?

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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