It's Not The ENDO The World: Learn About Your Endometriosis Diagnosis

Endometriosis

Ever been told by your doctor that you’re ovary-acting? Endometriosis is real, and so is the pain that comes along with it. In fact, Endometriosis is a prevalent gynecological condition in women. Read along to learn all about Endometriosis, symptoms, results of being left untreated, and different available treatment options. 

What Is Endometriosis And What Causes It? 

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Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that occurs when tissue similar to the one found in your uterus grows on your ovaries, bowel, and tissues lining your pelvis. Changes in hormones caused by your menstrual cycle can cause the misplaced tissue to become inflamed or painful.1 Studies show that 1 in 10 women are affected by endometriosis during their reproductive years (ages 15 to 49). 2  

Due to the symptoms caused by endometriosis being so common, there is a significant delay in women being correctly diagnosed and treated for endometriosis. Some of these symptoms can include:  

  • Painful periods  
  • Pain in the lower abdomen before or during menstruation  
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods  
  • Infertility  
  • Pain following sexual intercourse  
  • Discomfort with bowel movements 
  • Lower back pain that may occur at any time during your cycle  

What Happens If You Leave It Untreated? 

Endometriosis does not resolve on its own over time. If left untreated, your symptoms may worsen, cause infertility, and put you at higher risk of ovarian cancer. Half of the women diagnosed with endometriosis do have problems getting pregnant. Treatment options do vary by your current symptoms and the severity of your endometriosis.  

 Treatment 

For now, there is no known cure for endometriosis. Though there is currently medication on the market, most treatment options are not suitable for long-term use. Some of these treatments include:  

  • Hormone therapy  
  • Hormonal contraceptives (birth control pill, patch, or vaginal rings) 
  • Danazol  
  • Conservative surgery  
  • Hysterectomy  
  • Volunteering for clinical research treatment  

Endometriosis is different for everyone. Some women do not experience any symptoms, while others can experience severe symptoms. It is crucial to find the best treatment option that suits you and your lifestyle.

More About Our Treatment Options!

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Centex Studies currently has enrollment open in South Houston and North Houston if you're interested in volunteering for endometriosis treatment research. Those who qualify and choose to participate will have access to new treatment options, or placebo, at no cost. The best part is, no insurance is required to participate! Learn more by visiting our website. 

References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/endometriosis#stages
  2. https://endometriosis.org/resources/articles/facts-about-endometriosis/
  3. https://www.drcoppaobgyn.com/blog/what-happens-if-endometriosis-is-left-untreated 

 

 

 

  

 

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