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Endometriosis - How It Is Affecting Your Life?

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Dr. Veena Vidyasagar 93% (576 ratings)
Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Bangalore  •  43 years experience
Endometriosis - How It Is Affecting Your Life?

Endometriosis is a disease in which cells that form the lining of the uterus grow at abnormal locations. These cells grow on organs like ovaries, urinary bladder or rectum. 

Symptoms that can be accompanied with this condition are as follows: 

  1. Pelvic pain or cramps before or during menstrual period 
  2. Pain during or post sex 
  3. Pain at the time of ovulation 
  4. Pain during bowel movements 
  5. Rectal bleeding during period 
  6. Pain during urination 
  7. Lower back pain 
  8. Infertility 
  9. Spotting in between periods and bloating 

It has been observed by researchers that an estimated three to five million American women are seen to suffer from endometriosis. This disease is particularly prevalent in the age group of 30-40 years. However, it can also begin in the late teens and early twenties. 

Endometriosis and Infertility 
It is an established fact that about 40% of patients suffering from endometriosis will in all possibilities experience some degree of infertility. The primary cause of infertility due to endometriosis is because of blockage by scarring and adhesions in the tubes. These adhesions prevent the meeting of the egg and sperm and thus hinder the process of fertilization

Endometriosis and miscarriage 
Endometriosis can be a reason for miscarriage. In a recent study by researchers in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed that women suffering from endometriosis are at the risk of experiencing a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. However, this is not supported by some other studies. Women with endometriosis can also be victims of bleeding during pregnancy, as well as preterm birth. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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