What is adenomyosis?

Benign condition. Adenomyosis is a benign condition in which the glands that normally line the uterus implant within the walls of the uterus. When the uterine lining normally thickens and bleeds each cycle, those glands also thicken and bleed. This leads to excessively heavy and painful periods. The walls of uterus may become swollen, globular, and spongy.

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What is adenomyosis and what other health problems can it be related to?

Thick uterine muscle. When endometrial glands grow inside uterine muscle walls. It is associated with endometriosis, dysmenorrhea.

Help! What is adenomyosis and what other health problems can it lead to?

Ectopic endometrium. Adenomyosis is growth of the endometrial glands into the muscle of the uterine wall. It can be a cause of painful and or heavy periods and could possibly lead to the development of anemia.

What does anterior adenomyosis mean?

Describes postion. Adenomyosis is a condition where the endometrial glands, the lining of the uterus, have grown into the muscle of the uterus. This will casue significant menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding during your period. Anterior is referring to where it is located, on the top portion of the uterus.

What happens to cause adenomyosis?

Trauma. It's believed the trauma to the inside of the inside of the uterus and muscular wall like in cesarean sections may play a role. Otherwise, the mechanics and chemistry that tell the lining to stay superficial on top of the myometrium (uterine muscle) may malfunction.

What are the symptoms of adenomyosis?

Pain, heavy periods. Adenomyosis is endometriosis in the wall of the uterus. It can make the uterus enlarged, tender and cause heavy, painful periods as well as painful sex. The symptoms can often be controlled with birth control pills, a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, or an endometrial ablation; but the condition remains. The only "cure" is to remove the uterus.

What is the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis?

Location. Endometriosis is the presence of the cells that line the inside of the uterus in areas outside the uterus, such as the ovaries, the lining of the abdominal cavity called the peritoneum, or pretty much anywhere else. Adenomyosis is the presence of the lining cells in the muscle of the uterus itself.
Location of lesions. Endometriosis is the presence of tissue that looks like the endometrium (the lining of the uterine cavity) outside the uterus, in the pelvic or abdominal cavities. Adenomyosis is when implants of endometrial tissue are found within the myometrium which is the muscular walls that make up the corpus, or body, of the uterus itself. Adenomyosis often causes heavy periods, while endometriosis doesn't.
Same process. The uterus is made up of a thin lining and a much thicker muscular portion. The lining is called the endometrium. When these cells are found outside the uterus, it is endometriosis. When these lining cells are located deep to the lining but still inside the uterus that is adenomyosis. Simply put, adenomyosis is endometriosis that involves the uterus (below the lining).

What are genetic factors of adenomyosis plzzz tell me?

Rare, possible. 2 families noted in OMIM, showed possible genetic predisposition. Emge (1962) noted "7 mother-daughter pairs who had undergone surgery for adenomyosis over a 15-year period. Arnold et al. (1995) reported a family with "adenomyosis in 3 successive generations; 2 sisters, their mother, and their maternal grandmother." That's it.

I'm 20 years old that has problems with bc pills so can't take them and I have adenomyosis what else will help besides bc pills?

Preventing Pregnancy. There are condoms to be worn by the male partner. There are female condoms to be worn by the female. There is a product called an iud to be inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There is the surgical option for the male called 'vasectomy'.