What are the differences between fibroids and endometriosis or are they the same? How can you know which one is causing your infertility and how can you overcome it?
These and many more are what you will learning in this write-up.
Uterine fibroids and endometriosis are the leading reasons that many women have hysterectomies (the surgical removal of the uterus). Since this is a major surgery and only necessary in about 10% of cases, women should be looking towards other ways to combat these conditions.
Endometriosis vs. Fibroids
What is Endometriosis?
The uterus’ muscular walls are lined with a special tissue called endometrium. Each month, this lining adds additional layers in preparation for a fertilised egg. When fertilisation occurs, the foetus is then nourished by this lining.
When fertilisation does not occur, portions of this lining are shed along with the unfertilised egg during the monthly menstrual cycle and this process is repeated each month in a woman of childbearing age.
Endometriosis occurs when some of this uterine lining (endometrium) detaches itself and instead of being expelled from the body through the menstrual cycle by way of the vagina, it spreads and attaches itself to various organs outside the uterus such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, lungs, bladder, large intestine, etc.
The cells in this lining will continue to swell and bleed each month but this blood has no outlet as it would have if this occurred in the uterus. Since this lining is in an abnormal location, the body will surround the accumulated blood that has no outlet with scar tissue that continues to build month after month.
This will result in the formation of blood filled cysts on the organs that are affected.
These are solid tumours or growths which are usually noncancerous that contain smooth muscle fibres and connective tissue that develop within the uterine walls or grow out from the uterus.
These tumours vary in sizes and shapes and grow very slowly. While most women report no symptoms, some women may suffer from various uterine fibroids symptoms.
- Pain during and before menstrual cycles
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- May suffer from nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, etc
- Pain during urination while on the period
- Pain during bowel movements while on the period
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Pain during menstrual cycles
- Heavy and/or prolonged menstrual cycles
- Large tumours can press upon the bladder leading to frequent urination or not being able to urinate which could damage the kidneys
- Large tumours can also press upon the intestines causing constipation
- Back pain
- Pain in the upper thighs
- Wide girth due to having large tumours causing some women to look like they are several weeks pregnant
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Causes of Fibroid and Endometriosis
The exact causes for these two conditions remain unknown but many doctors believe that oestrogen may be at the root of the conditions. Other factors that may lead to the development of uterine fibroid and endometriosis include toxins, diet, exercise or lack thereof, etc.
While dealing with the symptoms of fibroid and endometriosis can be quite a challenge, it is important to remember that surgery is not the only way to find relief.
These natural methods are usually side-effect free unlike surgical procedures.
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