What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Adenomyosis?
There are some instances wherein it can show no obvious signs or symptoms, only minor discomfort. However, some women may still notice a few signs and experience some symptoms here and there, which include:
How Is Adenomyosis Diagnosed?
If you suspect that you have this condition, make sure to book an appointment with your gynecologist. Your gynecologist will run a few tests to assess your condition such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Physical examination and evaluation of your symptoms, menstrual cycle, and even your family history
- Pelvic exam
- Endometrial biopsy
- Imaging scans (i.e., magnetic resonance imaging or MRI)
How Can Adenomyosis Be Treated?
Treatment and management of adenomyosis may differ for every person experiencing it as it may depend on several factors like the severity of the illness and its symptoms.
Doctors may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen or naproxen) to help alleviate the pain from menstrual cramps. Others may also go for hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills, injectables, and IUDs to lessen both the bleeding and cramping.
On some occasions, surgery may be an option a woman may consider. Hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, so she would no longer suffer from any of the abovementioned kinds of pain and discomfort.
There is also the uterine artery embolization wherein a medical professional injects small particles or agents into blood arteries using a catheter in the groin. It aims to cut off the blood supply to the site of the adenomyosis, which can cause it to shrink.
The pain and discomfort associated with this disease may not be severe as other illnesses, however, it might cause disruptions in your day-to-day activities.
You may not notice it during its early stages, but the pain progresses over time. Let your doctor know about it to understand what happens down there for early and effective intervention.
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