[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Endometriosis is a medical condition that affects women and their reproductive system. It is characterized by the growth of endometrium, the tissue inside the uterus, in other parts of the body. The areas affected by endometriosis are known as endometrial patches, implants, nodules, or lesions, and they are usually found in the pelvic cavity, including on or under the ovaries, on the fallopian tubes, behind the uterus, on the tissues that hold the uterus in place, and on the bowels or bladder, but in rare cases, it can also occur in the lungs or other parts of the body.

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatments meant to ease the symptoms of the disease, the main ones being pain and infertility. Painful, even debilitating, menstrual cramps, pain during or after sex, pain in the intestine or lower abdomen, painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods, heavy menstrual periods, premenstrual spotting or bleeding between periods, painful bladder syndrome, digestive or gastrointestinal symptoms similar to a bowel disorder, as well as fatigue, tiredness, or lack of energy.

Diseases That May Occur as a Consequence of Endometriosis

If not treated, the lesions may increase in numbers and seriousness, while the symptoms of endometriosis may get worse. In addition, it is known that women who suffer from the disease also have increased risk of developing other conditions. Cancer is among these diseases, particularly ovarian cancer, despite the fact that they are two separate diseases. While the reasons for the correlation are not completely understood, researchers believe that since endometriosis is the reason for infertility in 50% of the women who cannot conceive, conceiving and giving birth is known to offer some protection against ovarian cancer.

Research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed that endometriosis patients are at increased risk to suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, underactive thyroid, and rheumatoid arthritis, compared to healthy women. With pain and fatigue among the symptoms of endometriosis, one in every three patients are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, and one in every five with any other second disease.

Other Diseases of the Female Reproductive System Related to Endometriosis

In addition to endometriosis, there are other medical problems that affects the female reproductive system and may be related to the same reasons that cause endometriosis or may provoke similar symptoms. Among them is abdominal, which is experienced in the part of the trunk below the ribs and above the pelvis due to an inflammation, distention of an organ, or by loss of the blood supply in the organs within the abdomen or organs adjacent to the abdomen. Similarly, lower back pain can be a consequence of anything affecting the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area.

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus, which can cause abnormal bleeding, pain and pressure, despite the fact that its reasons are not understood and may be unnoticed for some time. Ovarian cysts are structures resembling a closed sac formed within the ovary and filled with a liquid or semisolid substance, causing pain in the abdomen or pelvis. Finally, uterine cancer or cancer on other parts of the female reproductive system is also a problem that may occur to any woman.

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