Saturday, October 10, 2009

What is Endometriosis?

What is endometriosis?

“What is endometriosis?” is a common question since endometriosis occurs in roughly 10-15% of all reproductive age women.

Endometriosis is an abnormal condition that afflicts women, in which tissue that normally lines the cavity of the uterus (called endometrium) implants and develops in other areas of the body.

Endometriosis can cause pelvic pain, including but not limited to dysmenorrhea (painful and sometimes disabling pelvic or lower back pain during the menstrual flow), persistent pelvic pain (pelvic or lower back pain that occurs throughout the menstrual cycle), chronic pelvic pain (pain in the pelvis or low back that has persisted for over 6 months), dyspareunia (pelvic and lower back pain with sexual intercourse), dyschezia (painful bowel movements) or dysuria (discomfort with urination).

Endometriosis can also cause reduced fertility or infertility. All stages of endometriosis, from minimal endometriosis (stage I) to severe endometriosis (stage IV), cause a problem with becoming pregnant. Infertility caused by endometriosis is best treated with surgical removal (ablation) of the endometriosis implants. Medical management of endometriosis has been shown to be useful in controlling pain caused by this disorder but has not been shown to be useful in enhancing fertility.

Dr. Eric Daiter at The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC has extensive experience in the treatment of endometriosis and would be happy to help you. For an appointment to discuss your situation with Dr. Daiter, please call the office at 908 226 0250. You can also visit us on the web at

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