Common Accompanying Illnesses: Adenomyosis

Over the next couple of blog posts I will be discussing someof the other illnesses that can commonly affect people with endometriosis. Please note that you do not have to have endometriosis to suffer from any ofthese conditions, and this list is not exhaustive. There are many other conditions that can be experienced alongside endometriosis, however I couldn’t cover all of them this month. If there is a specific condition that I have not covered, but you would like a blog post on please let me know either by leaving a comment below or by sending me a message. Today’s blog post is about adenomyosis.

Adenomyosis is often referred to as a cousin of endometriosis, the two have many similarities, but there is one key difference– the location of the endometrium-like tissue. With endometriosis, the tissue is found on the outside of the organs (usually those located in the abdomen, but not exclusively), whereas with adenomyosis the tissue is found on the inside of the uterine wall muscle (the myometrium). These lesions cramp, bleed and spread just like endometriosis does. It can be located in one area of the uterus, or spread across the uterus muscles, making the uterine walls thicker.

Whilst awareness is slowly and steadily being raised for endometriosis, adenomyosis still triggers confused faces and a response of “adeno-what?”. Googling “what is adenomyosis” doesn’t bring up many detailed results. Many women are not fully aware of what adenomyosis is before they are diagnosed with it. Even after diagnosis there is still a fair amount of confusion.

Symptoms can vary between those with adenomyosis, but the following list is a general guideline. It is always important to remember that some people can be completely asymptomatic.

Heavy prolonged periods
Severe menstrual cramps
Abdominal pressure
Bloating
Pain during sex
Infertility
Spotting between periods
Blood clots during periods
Abdominal tenderness
Chronic fatigue
Depression
Anxiety

April is adenomyosis awareness month, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing many more posts about it soon!

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