April 29, 2009 5:43am CST
I want to know if any one knows here about endometriosis. I know its a chronic disease in women with symptoms of acute abdominal pain and irregular bleeding. I got interested to research on this this topic, when one of my frind was dignosed with this disease? Do you think it leads to cancer? How is endometriosis related to cancer? How much it can affect a patient's reproductive capacity?
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29 Apr 09
Endometriosis is a problem many women have during their childbearing years. It means that a type of tissue that lines your uterus is also growing outside your uterus. The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants. They usually grow on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the outer wall of the uterus, the intestines, or other organs in the belly. In rare cases, they spread to areas beyond the belly. In my case I had one of these rare cases and it grew everywhere eventually wrapping itself around my gallbladder which had to be removed and then it began to wrap itself around my other organs when they did a total hysterectomy and removed it. In my case I had it "burned" off by lazer surgery several times before finally having to resort to a hysterectomy. While they were planning the hysterectomy I got pregnant (just to complicate things more! LOL) but had no problems with the pregnancy or the delivery. Shortly after giving birth the stuff went "nuts" and began wrapping around everything so they had to do a hysterectomy to eliminate it. The pain wasn't so much a problem for me as the bleeding was. I was lucky to go 3 days out of the month that I wasn't bleeding which caused iron deficiency and weakness as in passing out frequently. I was upset when I found out I would have to have a hysterectomy at 27 years old but I was blessed with two non problematic pregnancies and felt so much better afterwards.
30 Apr 09
Thanks a lot for bringing the topic in depth. The case I have seen is a little different I guess. The girl is around 27 year old and was not married when she was diagnosed . Her doctor suggested her to get married and conceive as soon as possible. She has been operated - leproscopy and the tumour was removed, but she has not conceived yet. She is just worried whether she would be able to deliver a child normally. In this case, acute abdominal pain was the only symptom you can relate with endometriosis before she was actually diagnosed. There are lot of women, however, who take menstural pain and bleeding irregularity or severity normally. Many of my family's female members to experience the same, but never complained about it taking it as part of women's life. HTell me how did you become aware of this disease?