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Endometriosis Bladder Diagnosis and Symptoms

Endometriosis bladder refers to endometrial tissue that has implanted onto the bladder. Normally, endometrial tissue is only found in women, in the lining of the uterus where it is unique. Endometriosis occurs when this specialized tissue migrates to other organs or tissue outside the uterus. Common sites for these endometriosis implants are ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel and bladder.

Endometriosis can be found on the outside of the bladder or the inside and affects women during the reproductive years. Its location and extent will determine the type of treatment that is the most suitable. Endometrial implants react to hormonal stimulation in the same way as the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. Hormones are produced at ovulation to prepare the endometrium for the possibility of receiving and nurturing a fertilized egg.

It does this by becoming thicker and swollen with extra blood. If no egg is received, this excess tissue and blood is passed out through the vagina during the woman's monthly period. Endometrial implants also thicken and swell and then bleed, when they don't receive a fertilized egg, causing pain.

The symptoms of endometriosis include dysmenorrhea or heavy painful periods, irregular periods, other pelvic pain, pain during or after sexual intercourse and other symptoms related to the site of the implants. These symptoms are frequently overlooked by the patient, as she thinks that the pain and discomfort is simply related to her menstrual cycle and monthly periods.

Many women who have endometriosis experience no symptoms and are unaware they have it until the disease is discovered during the investigation of some other ailment. The degree of discomfort of the disease can vary from mild, through moderate to severe. Some women can continue with their normal duties while others are incapacitated every month for several days. The degree of the symptoms has no bearing on the extent or the spread of the endometriosis.

With endometriosis of the bladder, there will be additional symptoms of pain or difficulty when urinating and possibly traces of blood in your urine, in addition to the general pelvic pain. This specific pain will be more intense at the time of ovulation and period bleeding. There may be the urge to urinate frequently, causing interruption to daily activities and sleep. The urinary tract pain and irregularities could easily be diagnosed as a urinary tract infection, but antibiotics will not be able to cure or improve bladder endometriosis.

The symptoms described above are no guarantee that you have bladder endometriosis. There are several conditions that involve pelvic pain, urinary problems and pain when urinating; it is best not to jump to conclusions but to see your doctor about your symptoms and have your condition accurately diagnosed.

The doctor will probably start by ordering some blood and urine tests to be carried out; this will either prove or disprove several possible diagnoses. A cystoscopy may be necessary to correctly identify endometrial tissue in your bladder; this procedure allows the doctor to see the interior of the bladder and check whether endometriosis is present. An ultrasound exam may be required.

Bladder endometriosis, left untreated, can lead to more serious bladder problems like incontinence or a urinary tract obstruction, so it is important that any abdominal pain or discomfort be investigated so the correct treatment can be commenced.

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