Endometriosis

endometriosis A tissue, which looks and acts like a lining of uterus, beginning to grow external to the uterus is called an endometriosis. Such tissues are likely to grow outside the surface of the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, the uterus, the bladder, the intestines, the lining of the pelvic cavity and the internal area between the rectum and the vagina.

Over 5 million women such as teen girls in the US are suffering from endometriosis. The physicians may initially think that pain is normal during periods. If the pain is continuing and excessive, it should be taken seriously. The girls should seek medical help immediately in case of excessive pain, as it may affect the chance to have children in the future.



Symptoms

Girls may experience severe lower abdominal pain constantly or occasionally. The pain may accompany periods. It may cause girls to miss sports, schools and other social events.



Women may experience pelvic pain after having sex.

Other symptoms include diarrhea, lower back pain, seeing blood in the bathroom. You need to see a gynecologist to confirm endometriosis.




Diagnosis

Identifying endometriosis is not very easy. Pelvic pain may occur due to various reasons. The physician will go through your family health, your past health, any allergies, any symptoms and medicines you are currently taking apart from physical examination to determine endometriosis. The doctor may ask to record the following events every time you experience pain:

Location

Type of pain

Intensity

Duration

Treatment

The physician may be able to confirm endometriosis after performing laparascopy. Laparascopy is a minor surgical procedure. The physician may collect small pieces of growth for detailed examination.

They may conduct magnetic resonance imaging to determine endometriosis prior to performing laparascopy. They may also prescribe ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

It is not possible to cure endometriosis. However, its effects can be minimized through intake of birth control pills. The birth control pills would prevent ovulation. It helps to reduce the buildup of endometrial implants and minimize pain.

Surgery is the only way to remove excessive growth to prevent pain.



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