Which is one of the symptoms of endometriosis?
The following are the symptoms of endometriosis:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Pain with sex
- Pelvic pain just before and during menstrual period
- Pain with urine
- Pain with bowel movements
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
Endometriosis mostly affects _______
Endometriosis is more common in women in their 30s and 40s, who may find it harder to get pregnant. Medical treatments are available to help manage the symptoms and improve the chances of getting pregnant.
Endometriosis goes away immediately after menopause
The symptoms of endometriosis alleviate after menopause in some women, as the body stops making the hormone estrogen. Thereafter, endometriosis starts shrinking slowly. However, symptoms continue in some women who take menopausal hormone therapy. You must consult your doctor if you have symptoms of endometriosis after menopause.
Which of the following tests are done to diagnose endometriosis?
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and perform a pelvic exam when you consult him/her. A doctor can feel cysts or scars behind your uterus, but may not be able to feel if they are small. The doctor may also order one of the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:
- Trans-vaginal Ultrasound
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Can endometriosis be cured by treatment?
Endometriosis cannot be cured. While there is no cure for endometriosis, treatments are available to address the symptoms and the problems it causes.
Women with endometriosis can get pregnant easily
It may be harder for some women to get pregnant with endometriosis, but many women get pregnant with endometriosis. Endometriosis affects about 50% of women with infertility. It is not known exactly how endometriosis might cause infertility. If you have endometriosis and are having trouble getting pregnant, please consult your doctor for appropriate treatment
Endometriosis is treated by _________
While there is no cure for endometriosis, treatments are available to address the symptoms and the problems it causes. Different treatments are available for women who want to get pregnant and for those who don’t want to get pregnant. The following are the treatment options: Treatments if you are not planning to get pregnant
- Hormonal birth control pills or injections to control bleeding and pain.
- Intrauterine device (IUD) to help reduce pain and bleeding.
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist to cause a temporary menopause and to control the growth of endometriosis.
- Laparoscopic surgery
You cannot prevent endometriosis
Endometriosis can't be prevented. You can reduce your risk of developing it by lowering the levels of the hormone estrogen in your body. Estrogen helps to thicken the lining of the uterus during the menstrual cycle. You can lower your estrogen level by the following methods:
- Use hormonal birth control methods with lower doses of estrogen.
- Regular exercise.
- Reduce alcohol intake.
- Reduce caffeine intake.
Is endometriosis a sexually transmitted disease?
The tissue that lines the uterus (womb) is known as the endometrium. Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside of it where it doesn’t belong. This tissue grows on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, tissues that hold the uterus in place, the orouter surface of the uterus instead of inside of the uterus (womb). This tissue sometimes grows also on vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, or rectum.
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