Wednesday’s Women’s Health Tip WWHT:: Painful sex, painful periods, trouble getting pregnant… these could be signs of endometriosis.

Endometriosis is caused when tissue from the inside of the uterus is transferred and growing in other parts of he body like on the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, or the bowel. Painful bowel movements or urination, and spotting between periods are also symptoms, still some women have no symptoms at all other than the inability to get pregnant. These symptoms could be caused by other medical conditions so if you suspect endometriosis you need to see your OBGYN.

The only way to diagnosis endometriosis is with laparoscopic surgery and biopsy (very small cut into your abdomen, doc will look inside with a scope and remove a small piece of tissue). No one is certain the cause of this disease but there are treatments for it including medicines and surgery. Treatment can be successful eliminating pain and infertility. If you have symptoms see your OBGYN for evaluation.

From your friendly neighborhood nurse

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