Written By: Dr. Kendra Kohanski PT, DPT on December 6, 2023
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 reproductive-aged individuals across all races. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus in the pelvis and abdomen.
Endometriosis can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, bladder, and lining of the pelvis, and has been identified in almost every organ of the body. Endometriotic implants grow in response to estrogen and can trigger an inflammatory response in the pelvis. This inflammation is what causes painful symptoms.
Endometriosis can also cause infertility. Up to 7 in 10 of those with pelvic pain and infertility will have endometriosis.
However, some patients with endometriosis are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. The severity of symptoms does not correlate with how much endometriosis is present at the time of surgery.
Medical professionals can presume endometriosis in patients with classic symptoms and begin treatment without surgery. The more symptoms a patient has, the more likely they will have endometriosis at the time of surgery.
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