Endometriosis is a common health problem that effects women. It happens when the lining of the uterus grows outside of itself. According to WebMD, the most common sites for endometriosis to be found are the “ovaries or fallopian tubes, the outer wall of the uterus, the intestines, or other organs in the belly.” However, endometriosis can also appear on the vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, or rectum.
While endometriosis is not cancerous, it can still cause problems. Endometriosis growths bleed every month during your menstrual period which can cause swelling and pain. Additionally, the growths can block your fallopian tubes if they cover or grow into your ovaries.
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain during your menstrual period. However, depending on the areas of growth, you can also experience pain with intercourse, pain during bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, and infertility.
Around 11% of women are thought to have endometriosis, and while the exact cause is unknown, there are several factors that can place you at a greater risk of developing endometriosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, these risks can include:
- Never giving birth
- Starting your period at an early age
- Going through menopause at an older age
- Short menstrual cycles
- Having higher levels of estrogen in your body
- Low body mass index
- Alcohol consumption
- One or more relatives with endometriosis
- Any medical condition that prevents the normal passage of menstrual flow out of the body
- Uterine abnormalities
Mount Vernon Clinical Research is currently enrolling women with endometriosis for a clinical study testing the effectiveness, tolerability and safety of an investigational medication. To find out more about the study and to see if you may qualify, call our office at (404) 419-1857 or visit our website at www.mvclinical.com.
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