WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
The misplaced tissue develops into the growths or lesions which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does: Each month the tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body through the vagina, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body. This results in internal bleeding breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions, and inflammation - and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Pain before and during periods
Pain with sex
Painful urination during periods
Painful bowel movements during periods
Other Gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea
IN ADDITION, MANY WOMEN WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS SUFFER FROM:
Frequent yeast infections
Diagnosis is considered uncertain until proven by laparoscopy, a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia. A laparoscopy usually shows the location, size, and the extent of the growths. This helps the doctor and patient make better treatment choices.