endometriosis AT A GLANCE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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Endometriosis: This is a chronic disease which is under diagnosed and under treated. Endometriosis is gland-like tissue, similar to the lining found in a female’s uterus and womb. This tissue grows outside the uterus and other areas of a female’s reproductive system causing severe pain, inflammation, in some instances aggressive immune reactions, and scarring. Endometriosis can result in infertility and is a frequent cause of painful sex. Females suffering from this condition may experience profound physical impact such as: serve pain which may limit daily physical activities such as exercising, reduction in sexual intercourse, fatigue and limited energy. Psychological impact may result in feelings of anger, depression, powerlessness, mental exhaustion, defeat and frustration. Social, financial, marital and educational impact are also pervasive.
Endometriosis Symptoms: Chronic Pelvic pain associated with menstruation is considered the primary symptom of endometriosis. However, it is important to note that depending on the location of endometriosis other symptoms may be inclusive of but not limited to: painful intercourse, infertility, some stomach/digestive problems especially during menstruation and bleeding or spotting.
Endometriosis Treatment: Finding an endometriosis expert trained in intervention techniques to treat this disease is essential. A patient may opt for medical management care or surgical management. Dr. Ulas Bozdogan is a specialist in endometriosis. As a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, his intense interest in this disease paired with thousands of hours developing care management plans and or conducting surgical procedures has provided him with invaluable first hand experience, knowledge and expertise in this area.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is endometriosis an infection?
No. Endometriosis is not caused by a bacterium or virus and is therefore not an infection. Remember, endometriosis is caused by misplaced tissue outside the uterus. Although this tissue is outside the uterus, it acts as it would inside the uterus. This creates a problem because blood from this misplaced tissue has no way to flow outside the body.
Does its ability to invade make it a cancer?
No. Cancers invade other tissues and are abnormal and malignant, meaning they can spread and skip to other parts of your body at the expense of your normal tissue. Endometriosis on the other hand invades locally with its benign cells, although the process is fraught with a lot of pain, suffering, and even organ dysfunction, such as problems with bladder or bowel function.
Could other conditions cause symptoms similar to endometriosis?
Yes. However, a thorough evaluation must be conducted and endometriosis must be ruled out. Conditions such as cancer, cystitis, hemorrhoids, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions may need to be considered in anyone with any of these signs and symptoms but, still, endometriosis has to be ruled out.