Did you know? More than million women across the world encounters, Endometriosis in their life time. But the exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, although the symptoms are invisible but the condition is associated with severe pain in the pelvic region.

Before understanding endometriosis, one must know what endometrium means, it is mucus lining of the womb or uterus. The endometrium regenerated throughout the menstrual cycle. If the woman gets pregnant the endometrium gets thicker and is supplied with vasculature, however if the woman does not get pregnancy the endometrium tends to shed, that is the reason for menstrual bleeding.

Endometriosis is the unnatural growth of endometrial tissue, on the outer region of the uterus unlike normal. The endometrial growths that are found ectopic (outside) the normal region are termed as endometrial implants. These implants are usually found on the surface of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and bowel or on the linings of the pelvic region.

Certainly! Endometriosis can be troublesome as it may affect the ability of getting pregnant; it is believed one third of the women have trouble with fertility and strive for pregnancy due to endometriosis, so it must be taken in a stronger note. As the lesions attack the womb there can be a problem for pregnancy, but some believe that the symptoms of endometriosis abate during their pregnancy.

Almost 30 percent of the women suffering with endometriosis have problems in getting pregnant. Some of the reasons include:

  • Compromise in the quality of egg
  • Scarring of ovaries and the tubes
  • Motility of the embryo in travelling down the tube
  • Improper implantation of the embryo to the uterine wall
  • Blockage of the fallopian tubules
  • Modifications in the pelvic organs due to adhesions and scarring

There is no particular cure for endometriosis; however the treatment for endometriosis is surgical excision of the lesions. If the lesions are left untreated, there may end up into severe complications such as formation of cysts and pelvic adhesions. In rare cases they may continue to grow further and travel to other body parts, such as abdomen, lungs and rarely brain.

There is no prevention for endometriosis, but following healthy lifestyle patterns can help in improving the symptoms when once affected. Having enough rest and relaxation would help in dealing with the severe pain. It is believed that as the women enters into menopausal phase, endometriosis gets better.

The symptoms of endometriosis are invisible, however some woman may experience symptoms like,

  • Pain during sex
  • Pelvic pain
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Painful passage of urine or stools
  • Constipation or diarrhea

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