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Link between adenomyosis and endometriosis

A key link between adenomyosis and endometriosis has been identified by researchers in Sydney, Australia. A study of 103 women being treated for endometriosis found that 91 of the women had at least one indicator for adenomyosis.

Endometriosis is a common condition thought to affect up to 2 million women in the UK mostly between the ages of 25 and 40. Small fragments of the lining of the womb, called the endometrium, are found in other places, most commonly in the abdominal cavity, but they have also been found in more distant parts of the body. Adenomyosis is similar to endometriosis in that it is the growth of endometrial tissue within the muscles of the womb itself.

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The link between the two has long been known but it is only now that the degree of connection is beginning to be revealed. What the study has suggested is that women who have been treated for endometriosis who still experience problems conceiving may have additional constraints due to possible problems with the lining of the womb (adenomyosis). This has implications for how such women are treated in the future.

You can read more about the research here: High prevalence of sonographic adenomyosis signs in endometriosis shown.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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  1. Lizzie, lower back pain is a key symptom of adenomyosis.

    Endometriosis is when small bits of the endometrium(inner uterus lining) find their way out of the uterus and adhere to organs or the peritoneum.

    Adenomyosis is when the endometrium tissue grows into the outer uterus wall. The outer uterus wall is thick and muscular. The endometrial tissue bleeds each month, and this causes inflammation and scarring.

    Women with adenomyosis have enlarged uteruses, may have very painful periods, heavy periods, lots of clots and so on. As the uterus is thickened inside, it’s heavier, and this causes strain on the ligaments which support the uterus resulting in lower back pain.

    Do not have a hysterectomy. I would advise changing your diet – there are lots of books about endometriosis and diet. As the two conditions are similar, and are estrogen-based, a diet rich in vegetables, no/low in dairy products and red meats, no caffeine and so on will help.

    Also, a bio-identical, organic, natural progesterone cream will help. I use Natpro. Don’t give up. It’s a very tiring, painful kind of problem, but having a hysterectomy is not a solution. All these problems are linked to imbalance in our endocrine system i.e. hormone system within the entire body. Chopping off body parts doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

    We should see ourselves holistically, and try to fix the real underlying problems. Reading and learning will show you why synthetic hormones (HRT, BCPs – birth control pills ) are not the answer long-term.

    Good luck. 🙂

  2. I really suffer with back pain and have for the past 7/8 months, along with pain during and after sex, bleeding after sex and heavy periods, I have seen a back specialist after a wait of 16 weeks to be told because I’m mobile then group therapy will help!!! I told the specialist the only reason I can move is because I’m on 2x 50mg of tramadol four times aday and 2x 200mg ibuprofen four times aday, he never really listened I felt, waiste of my time and effort getting there, I have also had CT scan, vaginal and ultra sound scans, nothing abnormal was found, and CA125 blood tests done which all came back elevated, so my gyno had strongly advised me to have a full hysterectomy including removal of my ovaries, I asked if this is really what I need and he suggested he needs to do the insertion to remove so he can make sure nothing nasty is hiding, this has really worried me as I know the CA125 blood test also detects cancerous cells, he had said I’ve got Endemetriosis too, gyno is not sure if surgery will stop all the pain, and not totally sure if my chronic back pain is part of the Endemetriosis or something seperate, and I won’t know for sure til I’m recovered from my hysterectomy, my surgery is booked in for 15th November, I am absolutely terrified if I’m honest, I’m so scared of how I will be after, as I’ve been told I will need HRT too, I also have a microprolactinoma in my pituitary gland , I’ve had this for 11 years, I’m worried what the surgery will do to the balance of that too, with me taking HRT, I feel at a dead end, I’m not getting the answers I need, I’m desperate for some one to explain everything to me, that I do need this operation, that my head will be ok too and it won’t make me relapse
    I’m just a scared 41 year old women that keeps chugging along everyday,I’m in so much pain every day, I wake at least 6 times a night for a wee and back pain, I’m constantly hurting, I’m so down, cry loads, snap at my hubby and my daughters, who are 21,23 years old, and I’m so fed up of feeling this way, if anyone has advice for me, or has suffered the same as me, had surgery and the pain has gone or return then please reply, many thanks xx

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