Adenomyosis is a medical condition that affects the uterus, causing the tissue that normally lines the uterus to grow into the muscular wall of the organ. This results in a thicker, larger uterus that can cause pain, heavy periods, and discomfort.
While not life-threatening, adenomyosis can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and reproductive health.
A pelvic exam may reveal an enlarged or tender uterus.
Transvaginal ultrasound can provide images of the uterus, helping to identify abnormalities associated with adenomyosis.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI can offer detailed images of the uterus, aiding in the diagnosis of adenomyosis.
In some cases, a tissue sample (biopsy) may be taken from the uterine lining to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment for adenomyosis depends on the severity of symptoms and your reproductive goals.
Pain relievers can help manage menstrual cramps and pelvic pain.
Birth control pills, hormonal IUDs, or other hormonal treatments may help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce symptoms.
In severe cases or for those who have completed childbearing, surgical options such as a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) may be considered.
Some individuals find relief from symptoms through practices like yoga, acupuncture, or dietary modifications.