Adenomyosis is a condition that takes place in women. Most of the time, adenomyosis is a condition that occurs during the later period of the years in which you can bear children. Adenomyosis also usually develops after you have had children. The condition usually goes away after you go through menopause.
What is the medical condition Adenomyosis?
Adenomyosis is a condition that is marked by endometrial tissue growing and being present inside of the muscular walls of your uterus. Endometrial tissue is what normally lines your uterus.
Adenomyosis is not the same condition as endometriosis. However, in many instances, if you have adenomyosis, you may also have endometriosis. While adenomyosis is not a condition that would enable you to receive social security disability benefits, such as SSDI or SSI, if you have other disabling ailments in conjunction with adenomyosis, you may meet the requirements for these disability benefits. The way to know for sure is by contacting one of the social security attorneys at disabilitycasereview.com, who are experienced in regard to disability benefits.
Endometriosis is a disease that takes place in your reproductive system. Your endometrium is what normally lines your uterus. When you have endometriosis, your endometrium grows in other places as well as your uterus. This growth may take place in the tissue lining your pelvis, your fallopian tubes or on your ovaries.
The cause of adenomyosis is not known at the present time. There have been theories that have been set forth by researchers on possible causes of this condition. Some possible causes that have been mentioned are:
- Uterine inflammation that is related to giving birth to a child
- Invasive tissue growth
- Endometrial tissue being placed there when the uterus was being formed in an unborn female.
One thing to keep in mind is that adenomyosis has to have the circulating estrogen in your body to grow. This is why adenomyosis disappears after menopause as a result of the decrease in estrogen being made.
While the cause of adenomyosis remains unknown, there are a couple of risk factors that may increase your likelihood of getting this condition. These include:
- Having a child
- Having previous uterine surgery, such as fibroid removal or a C-section.
In some cases, adenomyosis may not result in any signs or symptoms at all. Or, adenomyosis may only cause you some slight discomfort.
However, in other instances, adenomyosis may cause more serious problems. Some of these are:
- The occurrence of menstrual cramps that go on for your entire menstrual period and that get worse as you get older
- Bleeding that you experience in between your menstrual periods
- Prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding
- Passing blood clots during your menstrual period
- Dysmenorrhea (a sharp, knife-like pelvic pain or severe cramping during your menstrual period)
- Pain that you experience during sexual intercourse
Adenomyosis may result in the doubling or tripling of the size of your uterus. While you may not be able to realize this, you may see that your lower abdomen feels tender or appears to be larger.