Topic: Endometriosis in vagina?
April 22, 2019 / By Thea Question:
I had a pap/pelvic recently and my doctor found a spot at the back of my vagina she said looked like endometriosis. She did a biopsy and it did come back as endo. So if it's found in the vagina, how likely is it that is elsewhere too? If anyone else has had it in the vagina then went on to have a laparoscopy... how did it go for you? If you had been trying to get pregnant, did you?
Rosamond | 10 days ago
In some cases, bands of fibrous tissue (adhesions) may bind the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and nearby intestines together. The endometrial tissue may grow into the walls of the intestine or into the tissue that separates the rectum from the vagina. When endometrial tissue grows deeply into the uterine wall, it is called adenomyosis, and the uterus becomes slightly enlarged, reddish, softer than usual, and tender. Occasionally, endometrial tissue can also invade the bladder wall. Although it may invade neighboring tissue, endometriosis is not a cancer, and cancer rarely develops in endmetriotic tissue.
In some cases, infertility is a symptom of endometriosis. However, other factors such as poor quality sperm or ovulation disorders may be involved in a couple's infertility. Some woman who have endometriosis are able to conceive, while other may be fertile due to endometriosis alone or a combination of factors.
Endometriosis may hinder conception in various ways. Endometriosis in the pelvis, for example, may inflame surrounding tissue and spur the growth of scar tissue or adhesions. Bands of scar tissue may bind the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and intestines together. Adhesions may interfere with the release of eggs from the ovaries or the pick-up of the egg by the fallopian tubes. If the ovaries are pulled away from the tubes, eggs may fail to enter the tubes on a regular basis after ovulation.
Researchers are investigating other possible links between endometriosis and infertility. Even implants located far from the tubes and ovaries can impair fertility, and there is evidence that something, perhaps prostaglandins or other chemicals, produced by these implants may interfere with ovulation, entry of the egg into the tube, and fertilization.
Studies have shown that the risk of miscarriage is higher for woman with untreated endometriosis than in those without it. The increased risk does not seem to be present for woman who have been treated. It is not known why woman with endometriosis have an increased risk of miscarriage; however, chemicals which can be toxic to the embryo have been found in the abdominal fluid of woman with endometriosis. Possible changes in the immune system might also explain the increased risk.
Your doctor will consider all the symptoms, physical findings, test results, and your goals and concerns before advising therapy. Woman with endometriosis who have few or no symptoms may require no treatment. Small endometrial implants often remain stable or may even disappear. Hormone medication, surgery, or both may be described. Doctors frequently advise patients with endometriosis to proceed with their plans to conceive. Many think that pregnancy inhibits the growth of endometriosis and causes it to regress.
The goal of hormonal treatment is to simulate pregnancy or menopause, two natural conditions know to inhibit the disease. With both treatments, the normal endometrium is no longer stimulated to grow and shed with each monthly cycle, and menstruation ceases. The growth of misplaced endometrial tissue will usually be suppressed as well.
To simulate the hormonal environment of pregnancy, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills to be taken in a pattern quite different from that used for contraception. One of the more effective regiments for endometriosis is to take the pills continuously, without pausing for withdrawal bleeding. If breakthrough bleeding occurs, the dose may be increased to two or three pills per day. Side effects associated with these higher dosages include nausea, water retention, and irregular vaginal bleeding. More serious complications, such as stroke, vascular problems, and heart disease, are rare but have been reported in susceptible woman.
As a contraceptive, birth control pills are administered one per day for three weeks each month, followed by a week without pills to permit menstrual flow. Many doctors feel birth control pills taken in this manner may prevent progression of endometriosis but although appealing, the theory has not been proven.
I was 30 when I was first diagnosed with endometriosis, after the unbelievable heavy bleeding during the periods. I had my first diagnostic surgery in 1998 and they also removed some of the lesions and the cysts on that occasion. From that point on it was a crazy dance with my life revolving around my disease and the days of my life going by me as if I was just a spectator. I was on Lupron that offered some help but destroyed me financially.
My parents were basically living on the verge of poverty just so that they can help me pay for my Lupron. I had a partial hysterectomy in 2005 and I was a bit better for approximately a year. And after endometriosis and pain returned in 2006, I remember that I just gave up any hope that I will lead a normal life ever again.
I was never able to maintain a healthy relationship and I gave up on that, too. I found out about this eBook (http://tinyurl.com/EndometriosisB ) on the internet and the few clicks changed everything. I could not believe that I have been suffering needlessly for so long. I will not be able to have children because my fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed, but I am just thankful that I am again able to lead a healthy full life...
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