4 Questions to Ask Endometriosis Specialist
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Endometriosis occurs when the tissue which is similar to the lining in the uterus grows outside of the uterus. It’s not clear exactly what causes Endometriosis; however, researchers are looking up probable causes which include:
– Issues with menstrual period flow
Research has shown that retrograde menstrual flow is one of the most likely causes of endometriosis. This is due to the tissue shedding during the period flow which moves through the fallopian tubes into the other areas of the body, including the pelvis.
– Genetic factors
Endometriosis runs in the family, meaning it could be inherited throughout the generations.
– Immune system issues
An immune system that does not work correctly can fail to find and destroy the endometrial tissue that grows outside of the uterus. Certain cancers and immune system disorders are more commonly found in women with endometriosis.
Estrogen hormone is what appears to promote endometriosis. Researchers are reviewing whether endometriosis is an actual issue with the body’s hormone system.
In surgeries to an abdominal area like a c-section, or a hysterectomy, the endometrial tissue could be accidentally picked up and moved.
Correctly diagnosing endometriosis is essential to providing timely and effective treatment. While a pap smear alone cannot detect endometriosis, it is a combination of things that are needed in order to correctly identify endometriosis. Typically, the doctor would review the list of symptoms you are dealing with, a physical exam would occur, and then additional examinations including a combination of lab tests, imaging tests to identify the lesions and adhesions which characterize the disease. The condition in which the endometriosis is in would be what is called stage, which is categorization by the severity in which your endometriosis is at, to direct the appropriate course of treatment.
It can be quite difficult to diagnose endometriosis, as the main symptoms which is bleeding and pain can be caused by a number of different conditions, some that can occur with endometriosis, some other pain syndromes can occur endometriosis include:
– Painful bladder syndrome
– Irritable bowel syndrome
All of the syndromes listed above are easily able to mimic the symptoms of endometriosis. There are no at-home tests or self-exams that offer the patient the ability to diagnose themselves with endometriosis, this is why it is so crucial that if you are feeling any symptoms, to track them and keep in contact with your doctor, so together you both help find the solution to the correct diagnosis.
Endometriosis growths are not cancerous, but they can still cause issues. Endometriosis growths can swell and bleed in the same way the lining on the inside of your uterus does every month which is when you get your menstrual cycle or period.
Endometriosis during your period can cause swelling and pain due to the tissue growth and bleeding in the area where it cannot easily exit out of the body.
The growths can continue to expand and cause more issues, including:
– locking your fallopian tubes when the growths cover or even grow into your ovaries. This traps the blood in the ovaries which can then form into cysts.
– Scar tissue and adhesions can form, this can cause severe pelvic pain and make it harder for a woman to get pregnant.
– Issues with the intestines and bladder.
Usually, during your menstrual cycle, you will feel severe pain, different from normal cramping that can occur with your period starting.
If you think you may be showing symptoms of endometriosis, make sure to track each symptom you are having, contact Michelle Trandai for a check-up so together you can correctly identify the symptoms and she can provide a positive diagnosis and offer the correct treatment. We serve patients from Chicago IL, Evanston IL, Ravenswood IL, Uptown IL, Lake View IL, Lincoln Park IL, Buena Park IL, Bowmanville IL, Boystown IL, and Roscoe Village, IL.