Ovarian Endometriosis

Written by Amy Hall
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Women who suffer from ovarian endometriosis are much more likely to have extensive internal damage to other abdominal organs as well. For some reason, when the ovaries become affected with endometrial growths and scar tissue, the bladder, the intestines, and the colon are also likely to become affected. Women with ovarian growths, cysts, and lesions tend to need more invasive surgery to remove these growths.

When the intestines become involved, complex surgery may be required, involving the complete removal of certain sections of the intestine. This is major surgery that has a longer recovery period. Women in stages three and four of endometriosis may be advised by their doctors to have a complete hysterectomy as a means of preventing further damage to the intestines and the bladder.

Testing can reveal just how invasive the endometriosis has become. Ultrasound and laproscopy are able to pinpoint the extent of damage, as well as determine if two or more organs are stuck together due to adhesions and cysts. In such cases, surgery is the only course of action that will restore the organs to their normal states, and medications may be taken following surgery to prevent recurrence.

Treating Ovarian Endometriosis

Endometriosis can do irreparable damage if it goes undetected, or if a woman elects not to have surgery. The consequences can be severe, especially when the intestines are involved and normal digestive functioning is interrupted. Always contact your doctor immediately if you notice that your symptoms are getting progressively worse, and especially if you are having difficulty having bowel movements. Diarrhea and constipation should also be reported, as these could indicate that the intestines are now involved.

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