Endometriosis - Symptoms and Treatments

Written by: Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea Ziarrusta
Edited by: Top Doctors®


What is it and what is involved in endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common benign disease that today is the presence of endometrial tissue outside of its natural location. The endometrium is the tissue that covers the inside of the uterus and develops each month and flake and goes with the rule but sometimes the endometrium besides being in the natural location is in other locations, mainly the ovary, the cavity abdominal and even in other locations. When this tissue is out of place talking about endometriosis and affects many women in the general population we can say that one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis and within certain groups such as women who have fertility problems or problems pain roughly 40-50% can be said to have endometriosis. 2 basic implications of this disease are pain and fertility problems, that is, these foci of ectopic tissue outside its natural location, sometimes causing inflammation, adhesions can cause pain, and the pain of endometriosis tíoico is menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea we call that may be growing and may need treatment thus. Moreover in some women with endometriosis pursuing the development of cysts and fertility problems.


What treatment options exist for endometriosis?

The goal of treatment of endometriosis is either inhibit the growth of the endometrium ectópito through medical treatment that inhibits the hormonal stimulation or remove the ectopic tissue, the tissue that is outside their natural location by surgical removal. Therefore, we can apply both medical and surgical treatments mainly when endometriosis presents with pain. Pain management, medical treatment and surgical treatment of pain that causes endometriosis is relatively high efficiency.


How do they affect the disease and fertility treatments?

2 general implications of endometriosis can be pain, as mentioned, mainly menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, and fertility problems. By different mechanisms endometriosis can affect fertility by inflammation, provoking adhesions, development of ovarian cysts, and secondly women with endometriosis have a higher frequency with fertility problems. The both medical and surgical treatment of pain associated with endometriosis is highly efficient, with shorter or longer. The treatment of infertility associated with endometriosis from medically or surgically may not be as effective, and right now when we have to try to get a pregnancy because the woman who has endometriosis also gestational difficulties of surgical treatment They can be applied to assisted reproduction techniques. Opting for surgery, assisted reproduction or the combination of both depend on each case, each situation and individual woman.

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By Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea Ziarrusta
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Outstanding doctor specialized in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Barrenetxea is founder and Medical Director of Reproducción Bilbao. He has also developed his teaching career as Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of the Basque Country and Professor of the Master of Human Reproduction at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Throughout his career he has received several awards, including the Award for the Best Communication Category of Lecture (Fertility Section) awarded by the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO).

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