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

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
11 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Nice summary
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Yes and no. Many endometriosis experts look at adenomyosis and endometriosis of the uterus. They have a common theme - endometrial tissue growing somewhere it isn't supposed to. That said, adenomyosis is quite common in women who have had children. Endometriosis is less common.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Adenomyosis is where the menstrual tissue is found growing in the muscle wall of the uterus, and can be usually diagnosed only after the uterus has been surgically removed.
It can cause uterine pain, heavy menstrual flow and enlarged soft doughy findings on exam. Endometriosis is where the tissue is found anywhere out side of the uterus, like pelvis (ovaries, bladder), lungs, and possible brain.

In brief: Yes

Adenomyosis is where the menstrual tissue is found growing in the muscle wall of the uterus, and can be usually diagnosed only after the uterus has been surgically removed.
It can cause uterine pain, heavy menstrual flow and enlarged soft doughy findings on exam. Endometriosis is where the tissue is found anywhere out side of the uterus, like pelvis (ovaries, bladder), lungs, and possible brain.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
adenomyosis is common but little-known and understood
Dr. Michael Fox
Fertility Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Adenomyosis

Probably all patients with endometriosis also have adenomyosis.
Yet some with adenomyosis probably don't have endometriosis, acquiring it through obstetrical delivery when endometrial tissue could be forced into the muscle of the uterus due to high pressure of contractions. Many endo patients never have significant problems with adenomyosis and suppression of cycles with birth control may prevent.

In brief: Adenomyosis

Probably all patients with endometriosis also have adenomyosis.
Yet some with adenomyosis probably don't have endometriosis, acquiring it through obstetrical delivery when endometrial tissue could be forced into the muscle of the uterus due to high pressure of contractions. Many endo patients never have significant problems with adenomyosis and suppression of cycles with birth control may prevent.
Dr. Michael Fox
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