If your doctor has told you that you have endometriosis, then you have a condition that relatively common in women. This problem occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus and into other areas. For example it may grow under the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowels or the bladder and these growths are called tumors, lesions, growths, or nodules. This overgrowth of tissue may be painful and can cause infertility as well as heavy periods.

Some symptoms

• Pain with periods and menstrual cramps

• Lower back pain

• Intestinal pain

• Pain when you urinate or have a bowel movement

• Heavy periods

• Infertility

• Fatigue

• Bloating

• diarrhea

Pain associated with endometriosis can raise havoc with your life; you may not be able to participate in normal every day activities because of the level of pain that you are experiencing. You also may not be able to get pregnant without treatment.

Now that you know that you have endometriosis you can begin the journey to healing. There are many treatment options available to help you control the symptoms. Medication can help control the pain and surgery can help with your fertility problems so that you may be able to conceive.

If you haven't seen your doctor and you aren't sure that you have this disease, then you need to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist who can examine you, run some tests and determine whether or not you have endometriosis.

Tests that diagnose endometriosis

• an ultrasound

• an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

• Laparoscopy surgery

• Biopsy

Doctors don't know for sure what causes endometriosis, but it appears to be genetic. There is ongoing research in this area that is helping doctors to glean more insight and to find better treatments for endometriosis.

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