Endometriosis Clinical Trials
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus, grows outside it. Most often on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue around the uterus and ovaries. This may also occur in other parts of the body. It is most common in those in their thirties and forties: however, it can begin in girls as early at 8 years old.
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What Are The Symptoms?
The main Symptoms are pelvic pain and infertility. About half of women that suffer have chronic pelvic pain where 70% of the pain happens during menstruation. Pain during sex is also a common. Infertility occurs in up to half of the women affected. Bowel and urinary symptoms although less common may happen. 25% of women have no symptoms at all. Endometriosis affects an estimated 6-10% of women.
Are There Preventative Measures?
The cause of endometriosis is not entirely clear however having a family history of the condition is a risk factor. The growths due to endometriosis are not cancer. Diagnosis is usually based on symptoms in combination with medical imaging. Biopsy is the most sure method of diagnosis. Other causes are pelvic inflammatory disease, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis and fibromyalgia. Tentative evidence suggests that the use of combined oral contraceptives (the pill) reduces the risk of endometriosis. Exercise and avoiding large amounts of alcohol may also be preventive. Some studies show you should avoid large amounts of caffeine. Drinking more than one caffeinated drink a day, especially sodas and green tea, can raise estrogen levels.
Is There A Cure?
There is not cure for endometriosis but a number of treatments may improve symptoms. These include pain medication, hormonal treatments or surgery. The recommended pain medication is usually an NSAID such as naproxen. Taking the active component of the birth control pill continuously or using an intrauterine device with progestogen may also be useful. Surgical removal of the endometriosis may be used to treat those whose symptoms are not manageable with other treatments. Some women report relief from pain with therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbs like cinnamon twig or licorice root or supplements, such as thiamine (vitamin B1), magnesium or omega-3 fatty acids.
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If you know someone suffering from Endometriosis and would like to refer them to our study, click here. You may earn up to $100 for each qualified lead with our Refer A Friend Program.