Adenomyosis: Expert talks about the condition, its impact on pregnancy   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
Do you encounter painful menstrual cramps that are stealing your peace of mind? is there abnormal menstruation that is making the matter worse for you? Women, are you unable to concentrate on your daily chores owing to pelvic pain? Then, you need to immediately visit the doctor as it can be adenomyosis. Not many women are aware of this condition. Hence, get yourself educated regarding the symptoms of it and seek timely treatment to improve the quality of life. Read on to know more about this, and don’t ignore any warning signs.
Dr Madhuri Roy, Gynaecologist & IVF Consultant at Conceive IVF, Pune shares her insight into the painful condition of adenomyosis and talks about its effect on pregnant women.
Women, you may have heard about endometriosis right? But, do you know anything about adenomyosis? Yes, this is a condition of the female reproductive system and can give you a tough time if not managed promptly. Did you know? This condition can thicken and enlarge the uterus. Endometrial tissue tends to line in the inside of the uterine cavity (endometrium), whereas, adenomyosis can be seen when the tissue grows into the myometrium that is the outer muscular walls of your uterus. Moreover, this extra tissue can lead to changes in the uterus and it can become double in size, and warning signs such as abnormal uterine bleeding and painful periods can be seen. The majority of women are unaware of this condition and there is a spike in its cases.
Who is at the risk of getting adenomyosis?
Are you in the age group of 35-50? Then, you need to be cautious and report any abnormal changes in the body as they can signal adenomyosis. You may suffer from this condition if there is at least one pregnancy if you have endometriosis, and even uterine fibroids. Though, the exact cause of this condition is not clear yet.
Know about the symptoms
Those women with adenomyosis can exhibit symptoms such as painful menstrual cramps, heavy menstruation, abnormal menstruation, fatigue, dizziness, anaemia, pelvic pain, infertility, and painful sex. Once you spot these symptoms then without any delay you need to consult the doctor and early detection with the help of ultrasound will be helpful. You don’t need to feel shy about it and try to open up instead of suffering in silence.
Decoding the connection between adenomyosis and pregnancy
This condition can lead to infertility. If you suffer from this condition then you will find it difficult to conceive for the first time or have another child. This condition can hamper your baby’s growth and even the placenta causing premature birth. It can also lead to miscarriage and foetal growth restriction. High levels of prostaglandin levels in the endometrial epithelium and improper functioning of proteins, enzymes, and genes in the uterus can lead to miscarriages. This condition is linked to poor pregnancy outcomes. Women with adenomyosis who wish to get pregnant can opt for infertility treatments. With proper Fertility treatment even with adenomyosis, you can enjoy motherhood or can get rid of those chronic pains and abnormal erratic bleeding issues. So consult your doctor today.
Women with adenomyosis should immediately consult the doctor and get the condition treated. The doctor will determine the right kind of treatment for you.
Dr Madhuri Roy is a guest contributor. Views expressed are personal.