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Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when cells that normally line the uterus (the endometrium) are found in sites outside the uterus. The misplaced tissue implants itself onto the surface of the tissue or organ where it has been deposited and begins to grow and function like uterine tissue.

Also known as Endo.

About the Condition

Endometriosis is a disease that plagues hundreds of thousands of women every year.

Endometriosis is a condition whereby tissue normally located on the surface of the uterine wall (endometrium) migrates into areas such as the muscle tissue of the uterus, the Fallopian tubes, the surface of the ovaries and even into the pelvic cavity. This tissue is responsive to the surges of estrogen encountered during the menstrual cycle. The tissue will swell during the month and bleed at the same time of menses.

Unlike endometrial tissue (the tissue lining of the uterus) which sheds into the uterine cavity, the endometriosis bleeds into the intercellular spaces and has nowhere to go. The condition is painful, often debilitating and may greatly hinder fertility.

Endometriosis has various degrees of severity and current treatment is aimed at symptom management. Unfortunately natural progesterone is rarely offered as an option. Endometriosis is a condition at the extreme end of the scale of estrogen dominance. The underlying cause is progesterone deficiency.

Because symptoms and degrees of pain vary in intensity, endometriosis (ENDO) is often misdiagnosed and dismissed as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). However, ENDO is much more serious than PMS, and the longer ENDO goes undiagnosed, the greater the potential for long-term health risks.

The longer the disease goes undiagnosed, the greater the probability for severe internal scarring, adhesions and in turn, pain – pain that is often unexplainable but that can be felt when the body moves into a new position – pain that can be felt after sitting for a long time – and pain that can hinder ones pleasure during intercourse.

Infertility may result from the condition.

Next page: Symptoms of Endometriosis

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Symptoms of Endometriosis

Diagnosis

The only way ENDO can be diagnosed is through surgical observation.

  • Laparoscopic surgery is the most common technique used and requires anesthesia.
  • The length of the procedure depends upon the extent of the surgeon's findings once inside the abdominal cavity.
  • A surgeon can view the internal organs of the abdominal cavity through three or four one-inch incisions via an endoscope.

Next page: Causes of Endometriosis

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Causes of Endometriosis

The exact cause of the condition is unknown, however it is undoubtedly an estrogen-dependent condition usually during the reproductive years.

Most, if not all women with endometriosis ovulate infrequently and do not have enough progesterone. Early stages of endometriosis is responsive to supplemented high-dose progesterone.

Next page: Treatment of Endometriosis

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Treatment & Management of Endometriosis

The extent and severity of the endometriosis and the woman's future reproductive plans determines the priority of treatment options. Traditionally there are 3 management options for endometriosis -

1) The use of synthetic hormones to over-ride the normal menstrual cycle to inhibit growth of the uterine lining,

2) Surgery such as ablation (burning and scraping of the uterine lining) or D & C (dilation and curettage) which involves scraping the uterine lining. Surgery has limited success because endometriosis pervades into areas such as the bowel and abdominal cavity which these procedures do no address.

3) Pregnancy. During pregnancy very high levels of progesterone, especially in the third trimeseter, have a suppression effect on endometriosis. Many patients post-pregnancy do not experience a return of endo. For many women they are only diagnosed with endo when they fail to conceive naturally and are investigated for infertility. Herein lines the problem - underling progesterone deficiency.

The less conventional approach to managing endo is to address the progesterone deficiency in patients with the use of pure progesterone. Results range from complete eradication to significant reduction of inflammation and pain. Often pregnancy becomes a reality.

Next page: Further information about Endometriosis

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Topics discussed in the Understanding Endometrial Hyperplasia booklet include:

  • What is endometrial hyperplasia?
  • Types of endometrial hyperplasia
  • What are my odds of developing cancer?
  • Why is hyperplasia dangerous?
  • What causes hyperplasia?
  • Who is at risk for hyperplasia?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of hyperplasia?
  • What is a normal cycle?
  • How can I decrease my symptoms?
  • How is hyperplasia treated?
  • What is the role of progesterone in humans?

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