Adenomyosis: little discussed disease, related to endometriosis, often goes undiagnosed

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Physicians and patients are becoming more aware of the chronic disease endometriosis. What is getting ignored now is a disease that often accompanies endometriosis called adenomyosis.

In endometriosis, endometrial-like tissue grows on organs outside of the uterus. In adenomyosis, the actual endometrial lining grows into the uterine muscle, damaging the uterine wall.

The two are often confused because they can occur simultaneously and they mimic the same symptoms. However, while it is possible to have both at the same time, it is also possible to have adenomyosis without endometriosis.

“Adenomyosis is a form of endometriosis; it’s endometriosis of the uterine muscle, also known as the myometrium,” says Natalya Danilyants, MD, co-founder of The Center for Innovative GYN Care. (…)

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