April is Adenomyosis Awareness Month
Disclaimer: The information on this post is not intended to diagnose, treat or evaluate a condition. It is for informative purpose only, for individuals seeking general information.
Adenomyosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows into the walls of the uterus– Yale Medicine
Adenomyosis (pronounced add-en-o-my-OH-sis) is a gynecological condition that causes the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. It enlarges the uterus, and may lead to painful and very heavy menstrual bleeding.
Experts are not sure what causes adenomyosis.
Sometimes, adenomyosis causes no signs or symptoms or only mild discomfort. However, most symptoms are overwhelming such as the ff:
- Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
- Severe cramping or sharp, knifelike pelvic pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
Treatments for adenomyosis include hormonal contraceptives (pills), pain medication and surgery. Some women with mild symptoms choose to manage adenomyosis nonsurgically until they enter menopause. Women with severe symptoms need a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).