Endometriosis CAN spread.
More Info: Endometriosis is a common medical condition that occurs in women of all ages. This condition is caused by tissue in the uterus that begins to grow outside the womb. Treatment for this condition is most effective when the condition is diagnosed early, as endometriosis can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Endometriosis may also have adverse effects on fertility.
What Is Endometriosis?
The uterus is lined with tissue known as endometrium tissue. When this tissue begins to grow in areas of the body other than the uterus, endometriosis is the likely diagnosis. This condition can also spread to other locations of the body such as the cervix, vagina, rectum, bladder, fallopian tubes, ovaries and bowel. In severe cases, this tissue can also grow in the lungs and brain.
Endometriosis can occur during the late teens and early twenties, but most women are diagnosed in their late thirties or early forties. Some women notice a decrease in the severity of symptoms during pregnancy and menopause. Doctors may perform a pelvic exam, ultrasound, or laparoscopy to accurately diagnose this condition.
While there is no known cure for endometriosis, treatments are available to control the spread of the disease. Hormone treatments, birth control pills, and progestins may help slow the progression of this disease. Medications may also be prescribed to control pain that ranges from moderate-to-severe. When endometriosis is advanced, surgery to remove endometrial growths may be the best option. Women who have already had children may decide to have a complete hysterectomy to relieve pain and other symptoms.
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