Endometriosis occurs when endometrial cells begin to grow outside the uterus. These cells are similar to those forming inside the uterus. The most common location for these cells is on organs of the pelvis, though they can grow elsewhere as well. The majority of women with this condition do not experience any symptoms. When symptoms are experienced they may include various kinds of pelvic pain and infertility.
Pelvic pain during ovulation or menstruation may be a symptom of endometriosis but does not necessarily mean the condition is present. The condition can be diagnosed according to the symptoms of the woman or during a physical examination. A type of surgery called a laparoscopy is usually required for a definite diagnosis.
The Stages of Endometriosis
Endometrial tissue is very similar to the tissues lining the uterus. When a woman menstruates, she sheds this tissue. When an area of endometrial tissue appears in an ectopic location. it is called an endometrial implant. These are most often located on the pelvic lining, the bowels, Fallopian tubes, and the surface of the uterus. The less common locations include the bladder, cervix and uterus. In rare cases, it is possible for an occurrence outside the pelvis.
There have been cases reported in the lungs, liver, and thighs. Although it is possible for endometrial implants to become serious, in most cases they are non-cancerous or benign. If a woman suspects she may have this condition she should consult with her physician as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. The majority of endometriosis cases are classified as mild or minimal. This means the scarring is mild and the implants are superficial. Severe and moderate cases often result in severe scarring.
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If you believe it is possible you have endometriosis, we encourage you to get in touch with us and book an appointment with Fort Worth Center for Pelvic Medicine! At our convenient location in Fort Worth, TX, our friendly staff of knowledgeable professionals will be more than happy to give you a full examination, address any questions or concerns you may have, and explain your options in full. Contact us today to set up a consultation!