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Endometriosis and uterine fibroids: coexistence and clinical implications

Recent large-scale studies show comorbidity (presence of both diseases at the same time) in women suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroids, and suggest that it should be taken into account both for the diagnosis and treatment of fibroids and/or endometriosis.

Researchers from Finland, the United Kingdom and Australia have recently published data regarding a comprehensive review about the comorbidity of endometriosis together with uterine fibroids, two very frequent gynecological diseases that decrease the quality of life and affect the uterine function of women.

The genetic underpinnings of both the diseases are not yet fully understood, but recent studies suggest common ground.

La endometriosis it is a chronic disease suffered by about 10% of women of childbearing age (about 170 million worldwide), although the actual incidence is likely to be much higher.

The variety of fibroids, also called fibroids or leiomyomas, are non-cancerous tumors made up of muscular and fibrous tissue that affect approximately 8 out of 10 women throughout their lives.

Both diseases can cause similar symptoms, including severe pelvic pain, painful periods and non-cyclical pain, infertility, fatigue, painful intercourse, and bladder and bowel dysfunction.

Treating one disease while ignoring the other could make undetected disease worse."

The authors recently published study in «Frontiers in Reproductive Health» considered it important to investigate the degree of comorbidity between both diseases, since treating one without the other (if both are present) might not eliminate pelvic pain or infertility symptoms, in addition to treating one disease ignoring the other could worsen undetected disease.

Treatment of one condition while delaying the other may fail to improve the patient's condition, especially in fertile patients, where ovarian stimulation could worsen concomitant endometriosis.

When to visit your gynecologist

Asks appointment with your gynecologist if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Pain in the back side of the back
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Menstrual periods that last longer than normal
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Anemia
  • Bladder pressure and the need to urinate more frequently.

Annual gynecological review

La gynecological review It is a specialized medical visit that is carried out with the purpose of preventing or treating early the pathologies that may arise throughout the different stages of life.

From the age of 40, it is recommended to carry out a complete gynecological check-up every year

The gynecological review allows to carry out a prevention that can be of the greatest importance to avoid future problems.

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