What is Endometriosis?: 1 of 5 things you really need to know about endometriosis
A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Endometriosis
(Dr Eric Daiter, Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)
- What is endometriosis?
- Problems caused by endometriosis: its symptoms
- Diagnosing endometriosis
- Treating endometriosis
- What to expect after treatment for endometriosis
What is Endometriosis?
Being told that you might have an abnormal medical condition is upsetting and can be scary. This section defines what endometriosis actually is.
Endometriosis is a common abnormality of the female pelvis, affecting millions of women throughout the world, and yet it is often poorly understood (even by experienced Gynecologists).
Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally only lines the inside of the uterus (womb) grows anywhere outside the uterus. These uterine lining cells, called endometrium, are highly active during a female menstrual cycle: prior to ovulation they grow by increasing their number in response to high concentrations of estrogen and following ovulation they are modified structurally to allow for the implantation (and the normal development) of a fertilized egg (embryo) in response to the elevated concentrations of progesterone. If pregnancy does not occur, then the prepared endometrial lining is shed (released) as the woman’s menstrual flow.
Endometrium that grows abnormally outside the uterus, called endometriosis, is also very active tissue and during the menstrual cycle endometriosis similarly develops in response to estrogen and progesterone. If pregnancy does not occur in a woman with endometriosis, then these thickened lining cells break down, can bleed, and are shed locally- but they have no way to exit the body!
Endometriosis that breaks down, bleeds and sheds often causes lots of local inflammation, which can then cause lower pelvic pain or infertility. It is not uncommon for endometriosis to remain undiagnosed for many years, even under the care of an experienced Gynecologist. This is unfortunate since there are more treatment options for early stage endometriosis, including less invasive and more effective treatments, and a woman’s symptoms can be relieved sooner.
Whenever there is a concern about endometriosis, early detection and treatment with an experienced endometriosis expert is ideal since highly effective treatments for endometriosis are now available at select medical centers.
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