Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus starts to grow outside of the uterus. Typically, it grows in areas like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue that lines your pelvis, but cases have been found in nearly every organ of the body. Endometriosis can cause severe pain, especially when menstruating. Fortunately, there are effective treatments to help manage symptoms.
The inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, is a key player in the reproductive system. With each menstrual cycle, endometrial tissue thickens and renews itself in preparation to receive an embryo. During pregnancy, it provides an embryo or fetus with vital oxygen and nutrients.
While the tissue involved in endometriosis is not exactly endometrial tissue, it looks and acts similarly. During the menstrual cycle, this tissue can become inflamed and lead to swelling and scarring of the healthy tissue around the deposits. If affecting the ovaries, cysts can form called endometriomas.
Each case of endometriosis is different. Therefore, treatments that are effective in relieving the symptoms of one person might not have the same effect on another. It is important to work with a health care provider to develop personalized treatment plans that can help relieve your symptoms.
NOTE: It is important to remember that these therapies do not stop progression or offer a “cure” for endometriosis. However, they can provide a break in symptoms that patients might find helpful for their physical and mental health.
Below are 5 different ways to manage pain from endometriosis, from simple solutions to more advanced treatment options:
Some surgical procedures cannot be reversed and can impact fertility. Therefore, it is important to discuss all options with your healthcare provider before deciding on a treatment.
Everyone’s experience with endometriosis is different. While this condition does not currently have a cure, your healthcare provider can help develop treatment plans targeted to your specific needs and future family-building goals.
Do you have more questions about endometriosis? Our fertility specialists are happy to answer them. Book a consultation today!
Chloe Graham (she/her)
Master's Student (University of Guelph, Biomedical Sciences)
Chloe is a Masters Student in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph, who also works as a patient coordinator at Anova Fertility.
At Anova, she educates patients through creating online resources, manages patient flow and assists with administrative functions. Before joining our team, Chloe advocated for women’s health and reproductive rights as an executive member of Oxfam at Guelph, local branch of the international anti-poverty organization.
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