Endometriosis is a typically painful disorder of the endometrium, the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus. In a case of endometriosis, this tissue starts developing outside of the uterus and encounters your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining your pelvis. The displaced endometrial tissue goes through its regular process, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle, but gets trapped with no exit. Symptoms of endometriosis then arise, requiring medical attention.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, similar to the kind of cramping you experience during your menstrual period but reportedly worse. Other symptoms include:
Other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or bloating, may occur especially during menstrual periods.
It’s important to note that symptoms of endometriosis can easily be confused with other conditions that cause pelvic pain like pelvic inflammatory disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Visit Dr. Cha for a clear diagnosis of and treatment for endometriosis or whatever is causing your symptoms.
The exact cause of endometriosis isn’t known, but some possibilities include:
There are a few complications that are associated with the progression of endometriosis.
Infertility is a potential consequence, affecting as many as one-third to one-half of women with endometriosis. This, however, doesn’t mean getting pregnant isn’t possible.
Another potential consequence is ovarian cancer. However, though endometriosis may increase the risk, the probability of getting ovarian cancer, in general, is relatively low.
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