Adenomyosis: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment
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Infertility in women can be due to many underlying causes, such as blocked fallopian tubes, bulky uterus, and most importantly Adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is a condition found in women in which the tissues that generally line the uterus grow into a muscular wall in the uterus. However, the tissue acts normal in every month’s cycle as it breaks down during every month’s process. However, this problem can lead to painful periods and an enlarged uterus. And can also lead to some complications in pregnancy. Therefore it is essential to get the problem treated in time.
Doctors are not sure of the exact causes causing the problem; however, the pain goes away after menopause. But if it does not go away for many reasons, the doctors can use hormonal treatments, which can be helpful in the condition. Or the removal of the uterus can also help in the state of Adenomyosis.
What is Adenomyosis?
The condition in which the uterus lining forms a tight and stiff wall in the uterus is called Adenomyosis. This can cause many discomfort and pain in women if the problem is not treated in time. It can lead to many complications in pregnancy, including IVF Failures.
Also, this condition of Adenomyosis should be treated well in time; if left untreated, it can lead to complications such as heavy bleeding, which can lead to anaemia and, if severe, may require a blood transfusion. Also, pelvic pain and painful periods can lead to extreme health conditions.
The condition of Adenomyosis is not a life-threatening situation; however, the pain and the bleeding associated with the problem can impact your life significantly in a negative way.
How Adenomyosis Affects IVF-
Suppose a woman going through the condition of Adenomyosis chooses to conceive through the process of IUI or IVF. The success rate of the IVF process can decrease; as it can interfere with the operation of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) by disrupting implantation. Also, the exact condition happens if a woman goes through the problem of a Bulky uterus. But implanting the egg in a surrogate mother’s uterus can make the process of IVF highly successful for women suffering from Adenomyosis. IVF has high success rates and is highly affordable; the cost of the IVF process in India is around 80,000 INR- 1,20,000 INR; per cycle.
Eliminating Adenomyosis before IVF will also help to minimize the side-effects of the IVF treatment on a female’s body.
How Adenomyosis Affects IUI-
Suppose a woman going through the condition of Adenomyosis chooses to conceive through the IUI process. Then hyperplastic muscular tissue can cause increased intrauterine pressure and dysfunctional uterine hyperperistalsis, which can all reduce the success rates of the IUI process. It might also result in pain during IUI treatment.
Symptoms of Adenomyosis in Females
Most of the time, the problem of Adenomyosis has no symptoms or at all; or may have some mild symptoms. Although, some of the symptoms of Adenomyosis can be as follows-
- Prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Extreme cramping, Stomach pain, or knifelike pelvic pain during menstruation.
- There can be severe and constant pelvic pain in you.
- You feel intense pain during sexual intercourse.
So, if you see any of the above symptoms in you or have severe bleeding or extreme cramping during your cycle that interferes with your regular activities, make an appointment to see your doctor.
Causes of Adenomyosis-
Although, the exact causes of the issue are still unknown. But some theories suggest the following reasons can cause the problem of Adenomyosis in women.
- Invasive tissue growth- Sometimes, the uterine incisions that are made during an operation like a C-section; may increase the direct invasion of the endometrial cells into the wall of the uterus. This may cause the condition of Adenomyosis in women.
- Development origins- Sometimes, during the formation of the uterus, endometrial tissue gets deposited in the uterus in females, which is the cause of Adenomyosis in women.
- Uterine inflammation related to childbirth- During the beginning, the inflammation in the uterine lining occurs; this can cause a break in the boundary cells of the uterus, which can cause the problem of Adenomyosis.
- Stem Cells- The bone marrow stem cells might invade the uterine muscle, causing Adenomyosis.
What are the Treatment Options for Adenomyosis in Females-
The condition of Adenomyosis; generally goes away after menopause. However, some of the treatment options for the problem areas are following-
1. Anti Inflammatory Drugs- The doctors may give you some medications such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin IB. These drugs can reduce menstrual blood flow and help relieve pain. The patient has to take the pills two days before and during the whole cycle.
2. Hormone Medications- Some hormonal medications, such as birth control pills, can relieve women’s pain and heavy bleeding. Also, continuous use of birth control pills often causes amenorrhea — the absence of your menstrual periods — which might provide some relief.
3. Hysterectomy is a surgical process; in which surgery is used to remove your uterus. Also, removing your ovaries isn’t necessary to control Adenomyosis.
4. Food to Avoid- A woman suffering from Adenomyosis; should avoid eating wheat and gluten, dairy, artificial sugar, bananas, alcohol, tea, coffee, and red raspberry leaf/raspberry teas.
5. Exercise – Trying some regular stretching exercises and yoga can help in reducing the tension and the pain in the pelvic region. But make sure you breathe normally throughout and stretch gently to get significant benefits in Adenomyosis.
Aastha Fertility for Adenomyosis Treatment
If you have symptoms and you think you’re going through the conditions of Adenomyosis. Then you should see the highly qualified doctors of Aastha Fertility centre. They also have modern facilities for testing and treating conditions like Adenomyosis. People from all over the world are contacting the hospital to cure their infertility issues and other problems. Also, one of the reasons why the Aastha Fertility care stands out is that Dr. Namita Kotia, the head and the owner of the centre, has been honoured on several occasions; for her selfless work in treating infertility.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Can Adenomyosis cure itself?
No, Adenomyosis can only be cured by the treatment of hysterectomy that involves the removal of the uterus by surgery. Female ovaries do not get affected by adenomyosis.
Q2. What food to avoid if you have adenomyosis?
It is advised to avoid the following food items if you have adenomyosis-
- Wheat and gluten
- Artificial sugar
- And Yeast-based products like tea and alcohol.
Q3. Why is adenomyosis so painful?
Adenomyosis is when uterine tissue develops outside the uterus resulting in severe pelvic pain and infertility. It can also be responsible for abnormal bleeding and infertility.
Q4. Can adenomyosis affect infertility?
Several studies have shown that adenomyosis may decrease fertility because the condition causes scarring, which interferes with embryo transport and alters the lining of the uterus and endometrial function.