Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis and/or lower back, mainly during menstrual periods
- Very painful menstrual cramps that worsens over time
- Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis
- Pain during or after sex
- Intestinal pain
- Painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods
- Spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods
- Infertility fatigue diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstruation
If so, you may have endometriosis, a condition that affects more than five million women in the U.S.
What is endometriosis?
Tissue that lines the uterus, called endometrium, grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures. Most often, endometriosis is found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus and lining of the pelvic cavity. These growths are not cancerous. The amount of pain caused is different for every woman and does not depend on the severity of endometriosis.
Why does endometriosis cause pain?
Every month, hormones cause the lining of the uterus to build up with tissue and blood vessels. If a woman does not get pregnant, the uterus sheds this tissue and blood through menstruation. The endometriosis tissue outside of the uterus cannot be shed and causes inflammation, scar tissue and pain. As this tissue grows, it can cover or grow into the ovaries and block the fallopian tubes. Trapped blood in the ovaries can form cysts or closed sacs. It also can cause adhesions, tissue that sometimes binds organs together. The growths also can cause problems in the intestines and bladder.
Don’t Delay Treatment—See an Endometriosis Expert
Sometimes endometriosis is mistaken for other health problems that cause pelvic pain. If you have endometriosis symptoms, the gynecologic specialists at Norton Women’s Care can help. We offer a full range of endometriosis testing and treatment options to identify and relieve the source of your pain.
Call (502) 629-1234 to make an appointment with a specialist.
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