Endometriosis

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Tiffany Dobbs
Endometriosis
Imagine a young woman about 14 years old waking up in the middle of the night with a horrible pain in her abdomen. So painful all she can do is roll up in a little ball in the corner of the room and cry. When she tries to stand to go to the restroom it feels as if all of the blood in her body rushes out of her and she passes out. When she comes too she runs to the restroom to throw up, then to use the restroom, she realizes that she is losing a tremendous amount of blood and has clots the size of quarters. She knows this is no regular menstrual cycle and yells for her mom. After telling her mother what happened they went up to the emergency room. After thorough inspection the physician diagnoses the girl with dysmenorrhea and prescribes some pain medication to help. After a year of going through the same pain and many visits to the hospital and doctors they finally figured out what the problem was... endometriosis. You may ask, what is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition when the endometrial tissue, which is the inside lining of the uterus, is located outside of the uterus. Endometriosis broken down into its prefix, root, and suffix is: (prefix) endo- within, (root) metri/o uterus, (suffix) –osis abnormal condition. So it is an abnormal condition within the uterus. Some of the areas that the endometrial tissue can grow are usually around the pelvic area including the ovaries, bowels, bladder and rectum, but can spread farther in some cases. About 5-10% of women has or has been diagnosed with this condition and all of them during their reproductive years. As a matter of fact it is often found in women that are infertile. The only way to diagnose endometriosis is by laparoscopy or other surgeries with lesion biopsy. Although in rare cases endometrial cysts, large areas of endometriosis, or fluid in the cul-de-sac can be spotted by ultrasound or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), but most of the time the endometriosis...
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