Adenomyosis is a unique condition of the uterus that causes a woman’s endometrial tissue to grow into the muscles of her uterus. This condition often leads to an enlarged uterus, as well as especially painful menstrual cycles and/or pain during sex.
Endometrium invading the uterine wall
Common Causes of Adenomyosis
There is no known cause for adenomyosis, though many medical professionals believe that the condition may be related to a variety of other health conditions, such as:
- Inflammation of the uterus
- Invasive endometrial tissues
- Localized adenomyoma
- Abnormal female hormone levels
- Developmental problems
It is possible for some women to be more prone to developing adenomyosis than others if they possess one or more of the following characteristics:
- Are middle aged
- Have given birth
- Previously experienced a surgery related to the uterus such as a C-section or myomectomy
How Will I Know If I Have Adenomyosis?
Symptoms of adenomyosis do not always present themselves in patients with the condition. However, the majority of women with adenomyosis will notice several signs, including:
- Large blood clots during their period
- Spotting between menstrual cycles
- Pain during sex
- Sensitivity in the abdominal area
- Prolonged menstrual cycles
- Long lasting menstrual cramps
- Heavy bleeding during their period
Why You Should Contact Fresno Fibroid Center Today
It is important to seek the advice of a specialist if you notice any unusual symptoms during your regular menstrual cycle. Even if your symptoms do not relate to adenomyosis, they are likely to be the result of another common uterine condition like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or uterine polyps.
Once a definitive diagnosis has been made, Drs. Balfour, Pruett, or Tower will be able to offer inpidualized insight into your case of adenomyosis and which treatment methods they feel would work best for you based on your most concerning symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please call (559) 436-4737 today!
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