Endometriosis is a condition of the uterus in which the uterine lining, or endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. The disorder is usually quite painful. It can encompass several pelvic organs, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries and the tissues that line the pelvis. About 5 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Below are some of the symptoms of endometriosis as well as how it can be treated at Fort Worth Center for Pelvic Medicine.
When the tissue of the endometrial lining is displaced outside of the uterus, it still acts as it normally would. With each menstrual cycle, the material thickens, breaks down and causes bleeding. However, the blood from this displaced tissue becomes trapped because it doesn’t have a way to escape the body. Over time, the tissues of the surrounding areas start to become irritated. They can then develop into scar tissue and adhesions.
These abnormal fibrous tissues become bands that are stuck together. Some have described them as causing a glue-like effect that leads organs and pelvic tissues to stick together. When the ovaries are affected, cysts can develop. These are called endometriomas.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Pain while menstruating is the main symptom of this disorder. This pain far exceeds that of normal period pain. It also tends to get worse as time goes on. It may creep in before menstruation starts and continue a few days following. You might even experience discomfort in your lower back and abdominal region. Painful urination or bowel movements frequently accompany menstrual issues, as well.
Excessively heavy bleeding during menstruation or bleeding between cycles can occur. Sometimes endometriosis can even lead to infertility. It’s not unusual to notice accompanying issues such as diarrhea, nausea, bloating or constipation during menstruation. Fatigue is also frequent.The extent of your pain may not be a reliable indicator as to how severe your condition is. Even if pain is mild, it’s still possible that the disorder may have progressed to advanced stages.
When to Seek Help
because you never know how severe a potential case of endometriosis has become, it’s important to see one of our medical professionals if you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms. Managing this disorder is frequently difficult. Therefore, early detection is important. Your physician will be better able to advise you if your condition is diagnosed early on. Endometriosis is a progressive disease, meaning it worsens over time. Early treatment can help to lessen issues like the development of fibrous scar tissue and the “gluing” together of organs. Hence, treating the condition will be less difficult.
Endometriosis is a painful medical issue. Many women mistakenly believe their symptoms to simply be a normal part of menstruation. Seek medical advice if you suspect symptoms of endometriosis. It could save you a great deal of pain and frustration.
Contact our office today if you believe you may be suffering from this disorder and we’ll schedule a consultation to meet with you! We are conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX.