What is Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when the inner lining of the uterus grows in other abnormal places than the uterus.Risk Factors
Endometriosis occurs in 10-15% of women between the ages of 25-44. It is most commonly found in Asian women, with Caucasian women and then Black women following behind. The most common risk factors include delayed child bearing and family history, with 6-12% having a genetic inheritance.

Warning Signs
The most common symptoms of Endometriosis include lower back pain and pelvic pain, pelvic mass, changes in menses, pain before onset of menses, infertility, and pain with urination and defecation. It is commonly found that women with endometriosis have an onset of menses at a younger age, regular cycles that are shorter than the normal 27 days, severe menstrual cramps, and longer menstrual flow for over one week.

Treatment Options
There are several commonly used treatment options for endometriosis.

  • Leave it alone if it’s not causing any health problems.
  • Drug therapy
  • Laparotomy
  • Hysterectomy

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