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What are the different causes of endometriosis?

What are the different causes of endometriosis?

Various: Reflux of uterine lining in susceptible women, fetal tissue that wakens up and develops into endometriosis are a two possible mechanisms. ...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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So i was researching endometriosis and there are different colors of it, mine is a large golf ball sized black endometriosis, what does that mean?

So i was researching endometriosis and there are different colors of it, mine is a large golf ball sized black endometriosis, what does that  mean?

Color matters little: The size and location, and how much associated scarring is present, matters much more than the color. Large endometriosis lesions always appear very dark because of the iron and polymerized heme pigments from past episodes of bleeding; just what heme pigments are generated and how well the iron is processed determines the hue. Glad you're proactive & hope you are successfully treated. ...Read more

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After I had a hysterectomy, I was told that I had adenomyosis. Is that different from endometriosis?

After I had a hysterectomy, I was told that I had adenomyosis. Is that different from endometriosis?

Yes it is different: Adenomyosis is when there are glands from the lining of the uterus up inside the wall of the uterus. Endometriosis is when these cells and glands from the lining of the uterus are growing outside the uterus. Adenomyosis is a common cause of heavy periods. ...Read more

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What is endometriosis and how is it different from primary dysmenorrhea?

What is endometriosis and how is it different from primary dysmenorrhea?

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 and infertility. The disease tends to progress and recurrs. Primary dysmenorrhea is when no specific diagnosis has been made and secondary dysmenorrhea is when an actual medical condition has been diagnosed. ...Read more

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After being diagnosed with endometriosis, i have received 2 different treatments: diphereline for 6 months and belara or marvelon. which one is better?

After being diagnosed with endometriosis, i have received 2 different treatments: diphereline for 6 months and belara or marvelon. which one is better?

Birth control best: A birth control pill is the best treatment for endometriosis because it treats it and has the best side effects such as lighter, shorter and less painful periods. You should always take them unless you are trying to conceive. Other treatments actually mimic menopause which will cause hot flashes and vaginal dryness. ...Read more

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Before I had my laparoscopy, I was told I might have endometriosis or a chronic case of pelvic inflammatory disease. How are these different?

Before I had my laparoscopy, I was told I might have endometriosis or a chronic case of pelvic inflammatory disease. How are these different?

Only 1 is infectious: Pelvic inflammatory disease is infection that can cause pain, scarring and "adhesions" from the pus which is collected bacteria and white blood cells. Treatment requires antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Even after the infection is gone however, scar tissue may remain. Endometriosis is misplaced tissue from the lining of the uterus, that settles elsewhere and bleeds at the time of the period. ...Read more

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I had both US and MRI for lower abdomen at different offices. Doc read US said I have endometriosis. Another doc read MRI said no. Should I trust MRI?

Not diagnosed by MRI: The only way to confirm the presence of endometriosis is by direct visualization through video laparoscopy. Only in cases involving the ovaries where endometriosis can cause a so-called "chocolate cyst" to develop can it be seen with imaging studies such as CT, MRI, or ultrasound. However, this accounts for only a small percentage of cases of endometriosis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of ovulation pain? Recently have different type of pain in lower abdomen during period. History of removing endometriosis & cyst.

Mittelschmerz: ovulation pain (mittelschmerz) is cause by first the actual rupture of the cyst causing a sharp sudden pain with some residual discomfort afterwards. But many ovulated cysts will also bleed slightly and the blood irritates the perineum causing often a couple days of crampy to sharp pain. Endometriosis rarely goes away completely and pain with bleeding more likely that or adenomyosis ...Read more