Endometriosis (by Dr. Aron Schuftan)


Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, similar to the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus, also grows outside of the uterus. The tissue inside the     uterus is called "endometrium" and the tissue outside of the uterus is called "endometriosis".

The most common places where endometriosis occurs are the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the bowel, and the areas in front, in back, and to the sides of the   uterus.

Some women with endometriosis have few or no symptoms whilst others have pain, cysts or difficulty becoming pregnant.

Your doctor might suspect that you have endometriosis based on your symptoms of pelvic pain or painful menstrual periods. However, the only way to know for sure if you have endometriosis is to have surgery.

Endometriosis is considered mild, moderate, or severe depending on what is found during surgery. Women with mild disease can have severe symptoms, and women with severe disease can have mild symptoms.

There is no cure for endometriosis, but Dr. Aron advises us that there are several treatment options for women with endometriosis. The best treatment depends on your future plans to become pregnant and what symptoms are most bothersome:

-Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen/Advil) 
-Hormonal birth control
-Other forms of hormone treatment (gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists)
If treatment does not improve your pain within three to six months, surgery is a reasonable next step. Talk to your doctor about which treatment is right for your situation.

Surgery might be an option to treat endometriosis if you:

-Have severe pain
-Have tried medicines but still have bothersome pain (attributable to endometriosis)
-Have a growth or mass in the pelvic area. Surgery may be necessary to remove the mass and figure out if endometriosis, or another problem, is the cause.
-Are having trouble getting pregnant and endometriosis might be the cause.
The goal of surgery is to remove endometriosis implants and scar tissue. More than 80 percent of women who have surgery have less pain for several months after surgery. However, there is a good chance that the pain will come back unless you take some form of treatment after surgery (like hormonal birth control).

Dr. Aron Schuftan comes to Vietnam from America, where he was an adjunct professor at Stanford Medical Center and in private practice.

He is also a founder of the popular smartphone app “Pregnancy Companion” (www.PregnancyCompanion.com) which tells pregnant women all they ever need to know. The Pregnancy Companipon App was recently voted number 1 by Fox News in the US.

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