Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder that women in their child baring years. I the following paragraphs I will discuss what exactly Endometriosis is, how it may be diagnosed, symptoms and treatment, possible prevention and what might be done to help treat the disorder in the future.
Endometriosis is called such because it resembles the endometrial lining of the uterine wall. Instead of growing on the inside of the uterus, the tissue grows on the outside. Every month, the endometrial tissue on the outside responds to hormones in the same way as the endometrial tissue on the inside of the uterus. The tissue enlarges, breaks down and causes bleeding. Unlike normal endometrial tissue, it has no way of leaving the body. Endometriosis is typically confined to the pelvic region of the body but it is not uncommon to find it in other regions such as abdominal.
According to Endometriosis.org, “there is no simple test to diagnose the disorder.” ...view middle of the document...
This disorder can go so far as to cause infertility. Symptoms vary from woman to woman. Some women who only have a minor amount to the abnormal tissue can experience severe symptoms and some with a large amount of it can experience no symptoms what so ever.
Treatments of Endometriosis include hormone therapies like the birth control pill, hormone shots and surgery to remove abnormal tissue. All such treatments can offer a degree of relief but are no means a cure. The use of surgery is expensive, invasive and risky depending on the patient. It also does not insure that the tissue will not return. The hormone treatments are also expensive and can be ineffective altogether. The use of hormone therapies also has its side effects and risks such as hot flashes, mood swings and irregular bleeding. It may also cause bone loss. Pain management medicine is also used in treatment.
Prevention for Endometriosis is strictly speculative. Simple Remedies.com for example, recommends oral contraceptives, stress reduction and a healthier lifestyle in general with a proper diet and exercise.
The direction of treatment in the future is turning better diagnosis and more effective drugs for the disorder. By spreading awareness and understanding of the disorder, doctors may be able to bring about treatment and relief to those suffering the disorder. According to Endo Magazine, “there are trials with existing drug showing promise in treating the disorder.” With each discovery in treatment and understanding how Endometriosis works we come closer to the possibility of curing it.
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