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Adenomyosis is a painful condition .......

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Adenomyosis is a painful condition where the cells that line the inside of your uterus also grow in the muscle layer in the uterus wall. 😣

This is different from endometriosis, which occurs when cells like those lining the uterus grow on other parts of the body, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or tissue lining the pelvis. However, many people with adenomyosis also have endometriosis, and the two conditions share many symptoms.

While symptoms may be mild for some people, for others, they can be severe enough to interfere with daily life.

The cause of adenomyosis is still unknown. It's thought that it might occur:

👉 due to surgery involving the uterus, such as c-section or removal of fibroids

👉 early in foetal development

👉 after childbirth.

It and can be difficult to diagnose because there isn't a specific test for it. Your doctor may want to examine you to feel if your uterus is enlarged. An ultrasound or MRI can sometimes pick it up, but often it's not diagnosed until after a hysterectomy.

If diagnosed by a scan, there are many treatment options, depending on symptoms and stage of life.

Treatment for mild symptoms includes exercise, acupuncture and pain medication. For more serious symptoms, an IUD or oral contraceptive pill can help.

A hysterectomy is the only way to completely cure adenomyosis, but this is only recommended for those with severe symptoms and who don’t plan to give birth in the future.

The information here was reproduced from an instagram post from Queensland Health which can be accessed from the link below;

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