Endometriosis: What Is It?
Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial tissue (or uterine lining) becomes unusually thick.
Although endometriosis is not considered a life-threatening condition, it does result in uterine cancer in some patients. This means that the uterine lining can continue to increase in response to increased production of progesterone. Progesterone has the effect of shrinking the size of the endometrial tissue, thus allowing more of it to be developed. Endometriosis is more common among women who are overweight and have been smoking.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which uterine tumors develop in various locations of the uterus. It can be classified as an inflammatory disease, a functional disease, or a genetic disorder. While the exact cause of endometriosis is not known, there is evidence that points to a role for estrogen within the body. Estrogen is a hormone that is produced by the ovaries. Normally, there is sufficient supply of this hormone to maintain normal menstrual cycles, but when a woman’s ovaries produce too much estrogen or the estrogen levels become out of balance, the body goes into what is known as hyperplasia, or uncontrolled growth. Women with endometriosis may also suffer from endometriosis-like symptoms such as pelvic pain, infertility, and a change in their menstrual cycle.
Uterine hyperplasia may result from a variety of factors. A patient may have polycystic ovarian syndrome, in which there are multiple cysts on the ovaries, which produce excess estrogen. There may also be a genetic cause. One example of this is polycystic ovaries. Another possible cause of hyperplasia could be from a certain type of surgery, such as a hysterectomy. There are also environmental factors, such as smoking, that can lead to a woman having endometriosis.
Estrogen levels are affected by many things in a woman’s body, including weight gain, age, and menstrual cycle. Excess estrogen can make its way into the uterine lining, causing hyperplasia and the accompanying symptoms. Some women experience a thin lining that is pink, soft and smooth, but other women may experience a thickening and wrinkling of their uterine lining.
A woman with endometriosis may also have irregular periods and infertility.
Many times, women with endometriosis will have no symptoms at all, unless they begin to experience endometriosis-like symptoms. The symptoms may include heavy bleeding, cramps, pelvic pain, or irregular vaginal bleeding.
While not every woman with endometriosis experiences symptoms, some women with endometriosis will experience the condition without any symptoms. This is known as nonendometriosis.
Endometriosis can be treated through surgery, medication, or natural means, although this is a complex disease and treatment may not work for every patient with endometriosis. There are some factors that can determine the success of treating endometriosis. There are also factors that determine the level of risk. If a woman has an abnormal family history, she may be more likely to develop endometriosis than a woman without an abnormal family history. Her age at menopause, her health conditions, her ethnicity, the type of treatment she is receiving, and the type of treatment she is undergoing, all have an effect on how well she will respond to treatment.
There are also medical treatments that can help to relieve the symptoms associated with endometriosis. These medical treatments involve drugs and hormones that help reduce inflammation, and there are also procedures that are performed under general anesthesia to help shrink the size of the uterine lining. Many doctors recommend that women with endometriosis undergo surgery to help reduce the risks associated with endometriosis. Although these are risky procedures, if they are performed correctly, they can have positive benefits.
There are also noninvasive procedures that can be performed to treat hyperplasia, such as a procedure that helps to shrink the size of the uterus by reducing the amount of uterine blood that is produced. One of the most common noninvasive treatments for endometriosis is called laparoscopy. Although this procedure is not successful in all women with endometriosis, it is one of the most common.
In addition to treating the symptoms of endometriosis, medications, supplements and vitamins may also be prescribed to help the body to fight off hyperplasia. These treatments may help improve the functioning of the thyroid and may help improve the function of the pancreas. They may also improve the ability of the liver and kidneys to remove toxins from the body.
If the hormonal balance in the body is not corrected, the condition may not be resolved. Women who have endometriosis may also need to use other treatments to correct the hormonal imbalance, such as surgery. If the hormonal imbalance is due to obesity, weight loss may be necessary.