Endometriosis: Putting It All TogetherThursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:57
Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to endometriosis.
- Endometriosis is a disorder in which the type of tissue with lines the
uterusgrows outside the uterus, causing inflammation and scarring that can lead to pain and/or infertility.
- Endometriosis is found most commonly on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the outside of the uterus.
- Endometriosis can cause no symptoms, mild symptoms, or severe pain. Pain often occurs during a woman's menstrual period or during intercourse.
- Endometriosis is usually diagnosed by
laparoscopy, a procedure in which a small incision is made and a viewing tube inserted so that any misplaced endometrial tissue can be seen.
- In recent years there have been many important advances in the medical and surgical treatment of endometriosis.
- In most women, endometriosis is mild and can be successfully treated with medication. Women with moderate or severe endometriosis often need surgery.
- Endometriosis is a cause of infertility; however, treatments are available that can enable many women with the condition to become pregnant.