Endometriosis

A Cause of Severe Menstrual Cramps

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological conditions in united states. The tissue that lines the uterus and is shed during the menstrual period is called the endometrial. In some women, this same tissue can be found growing outside the uterus, where it does not belong. When this happens, Endometriosis is said to be present. The tissue that normally lines the uterus may be found in or on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and the outer surface of the uterus. Occasionally, Endometriosis may be found on the bowel or bladder. Very rarely, it has been found in locations far from the pelvis, such as in old abdominal scar or even the lungs.

When a woman has Endometriosis, even though the lining cells are present in locations where they are not intended to be, they still respond to hormonal changes to some degree as if the tissue is still within the uterus. During the menstrual period, as normal uterine lining cells begin to bleed, the endometrial cells present outside uterus start to bleed as well. This blood and other biochemical substances given off by the endometriosis often cause irritation, and even damage to the surrounding areas. If these cells are present near the uterus, bladder, or the bowel, the irritation may lead to pain in those locations. The body’s natural response to irritation and injury may end with formation of scar tissue, which also increase the likelihood that discomfort will be experienced. The scar tissue can also interfere with the passage of the egg into the fallopian tube which leads to infertility.

Thus, the abnormal location of uterine lining cells leads to the symptoms and problems that we associate with condition called endometriosis.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

Pain before periods, spotting between periods, chronic pelvic pain, pain during or after sex, premenstrual lower back pain, and problem with fertility

  • Some women with endometriosis have no symptoms at all, and the condition may be discovered inadvertently during surgery for another reason.
  • Painful menstrual periods are very common in women who have endometriosis. It happens just before their periods begin. Pain with the menstruation could be very intense
  • When the endometrial cells come out of the fallopian tubes, they often fall down directly into the pelvis, which leads to irritation and formation of scar tissue in this area. The stretching of the scar tissue during intercourse can be very painful
  • Endometriosis is suspected if tender, thickened areas are felt near the uterus on a pelvic examination
  • The diagnosis of endometriosis can only be confirmed by looking at the pelvic organs during a surgical procedure called ” laparoscopy”
  • Treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms, usually pain and infertility.
  • Treatment of endometriosis with natural medicine using specific Systemic enzymes, herbal formulation as well as life style modifications has been very successful
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