6 Endometriosis-Related Diseases and Conditions to Know About

Endometriosis is a painful condition where the uterine tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus causing lesions or nodules to appear on nearby tissue and organs. There is no cure for endometriosis but there are treatments and surgical procedures that can ease the symptoms.

However, having endometriosis can put women at a higher risk of developing other diseases and conditions, such as:

Abdominal and lower back pain
Although endometriosis is primarily thought of as pain during menstruation, many women find they also suffer from acute abdominal and lower back pain. This is due to inflammation or distention of organs in the area.

Ovarian cysts
Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid or a semisolid substance within the ovary. They can cause pain in the abdomen, lower back and pelvis; bloating; indigestion; and painful bowel movements.

Ovarian cancer
Because endometriosis can make women infertile, this puts them at a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Childbirth has been found to offer women some protection against ovarian cancer.

MORE: How endometriosis affects fertility

Other cancers
Endometriosis has also been linked to an increased risk of developing other cancers such as breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and uterine cancer. (Source medscape.com)

Uterine fibroids
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus, which can cause bleeding, pressure, and pain, although many women have no symptoms. Uterine fibroids are the most common reason for hysterectomies.

Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
Women with endometriosis are more at risk of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy — where the embryo attaches outside of the uterus, usually the fallopian tube, rather than inside the uterus. (Source medicaldaily.com).

MORE: Study finds that endometriosis leads to complications in pregnancy, delivery, and newborns

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