What is adenomyosis?
Adenomyosis is a benign disease of the uterus, more precisely the wall of the uterus. Tissue similar to the lining of the uterus moves into the muscular layer of the uterus. Women of childbearing age are particularly affected. For a long time, adenomyosis was referred to as a sub-form of endometriosis and referred to as “internal endometriosis” as foci grow in the wall of the uterus.
Since so little research has been done on adenomyosis, there is no firm statement as to how widespread the disease really is. It is estimated to affect about four to 30 percent of all women. Other sources report that approximately 1 in 10 women has adenomyosis.
Symptoms of adenomyosis
It occurs in about 30 percent of all patients with adenomyosis. no symptoms, In such cases, the disease is diagnosed during a gynecological examination. If symptoms do occur, they are often non-specific, making diagnosis difficult. Because the symptoms that occur are not always associated with uterine disease. Symptoms of adenomyosis include:
- heavy and painful menstruation
- pelvic area pain, which can occur during menstruation or intercourse. However, pelvic pain can also become chronic.
- intestinal complaints such as diarrhea, flatulence, cramps, painful bowel movements
- back painWhich spreads to the buttocks and thighs.
- pain while urinating, similar to a bladder infection
- decreased fertility
important: If you suspect you have adenomyosis, you should see your OB/GYN.