Adenomyosis is uterine thickening that occurs when endometrial tissue, which normally lines the uterus, moves into the outer muscular walls of the uterus.
What are the symptoms of Adenomyosis?
- Long-term or heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful menstruation , which gets increasing worse
- Pelvic pain during intercourse
Note: In many cases, the woman may not have any symptoms.
What causes Adenomyosis?
The cause is unknown. Sometimes adenomyosis may cause a mass or growth within the uterus, which is called an adenomyoma.
Who is at highest risk?
The disease usually occurs in women older than 30 who have had children. It is more likely in women with previous cesarean section or other uterine surgery.
When to seek urgent medical care?
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of adenomyosis.
During a pelvic exam, the doctor may find an soft and slightly enlarged uterus. The exam may also reveal a uterine mass or uterine tenderness.
An ultrasound of the uterus may help tell the difference between adenomyosis and other uterine tumors. MRI can be helpful when ultrasound does not give definite results.
Most women have some adenomyosis as they near menopause but few women have symptoms, and most women don’t require any treatment.
In some cases, pain medicine may be needed. Birth control pills and a progesterone-containing intrauterine device (IUD) can help decrease heavy bleeding.
A hysterectomy may be necessary in women with severe symptoms.
Where to find medical care for Adenomyosis?
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What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?
Symptoms usually go away after menopause. A hysterectomy completely relieves symptoms.