What is Adenomyosis?

September 14, 2019

What is Adenomyosis?

Adenomyosis. It’s a word not many people have heard before, yet 1 in 10 suffer from it. Adenomyosis is a chronic illness and is caused when the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium)

What causes Adenomyosis?

There has not been enough study performed on Adenomyosis to determine what causes it but there is speculation it can be caused from invasive procedures such as: 

  • Cesarean delivery
  • D&C (miscarriage/abortion)
  • Other surgeries may also cause Adenomyosis. 

This is because the uterus may heal inward toward the muscle, instead of outward. 

Do I have Adenomyosis? What are the symptoms?

- Excessive Bleeding 

- Extreme pain in the abdominal area

- Intense lower back pain 

- Pain with bowel and bladder

- Severe Nausea and Fatigue 

- Muscle Weakness

- Frequent urination/unable to empty the bladder

- Insomnia 

- Depression 

Old tissue and blood cannot get out of the muscle and flow out of the cervix  as it normally occurs. At worst, it can feel like labor and cause immense pressure on the bowel and bladder.

How can Adenomyosis be diagnosed?

If your specialist suspects Adenomyosis, a pelvic exam is usually the first step in diagnosis. Using a transvaginal or MRI can give a diagnosis. 

If i have Adenomyosis, how can I manage it?

Due to there being no cure for Adenomyosis a hysterectomy is the surgical option. In some cases,  Adenomyosis can be managed through diet and lifestyle changes. Because Adenomyosis causes inflammation in the body, inflammation friendly foods are recommended. Please checkout our food list via our Adenomyosis/Endometriosis friendly foods blog post!