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How to Diagnose Fibroids, Adenomyosis and Endometriosis

Posted on April 09, 2024
Uterine Fibroids adenomyis and endometriosis cause pelvic pain

Fibroids, adenomyosis and endometriosis all cause symptoms such as painful periods, sex and pelvic pain. That can make it very difficult to get an accurate diagnosis. And that's why, unfortunately, many women diagnosed with fibroids or endometriosis may actually have adenomyosis.

Of course, to find symptom relief, you need to know that cause of your discomfort. So, our Georgia interventional radiologists (who treat fibroids and adenomyosis) are here to provide more information on each of these three distinct conditions. Read on for all the details.

Is it Fibroids, Adenomyosis or Endometriosis?

As we just explained, each of these uterine conditions can cause you to experience similar symptoms. However, they cause those symptoms for very different reasons. And, as such, they may need different treatment plans if you hope to find relief.

Fibroids are muscular tumors (usually benign) that grow in the interior, on the exterior or attached via stalks to your uterus. Some women have very small tumors, or only one or two fibroids. But some women develop large or multiple fibroids, and that can often lead to symptoms that interfere with your daily life.

In contrast, women with adenomyosis have endometrial tissue growing into the muscles of their uterus, instead of forming its internal lining. This often results in symptoms such as pelvic pain or heavy periods. Finally, endometriosis symptoms also develop when your uterine tissue migrates out of the organ. However, unlike with adenomyosis, it can form on many other organs in your body, causing pelvic pain all throughout the month, and not just when you have your period.

Clearly, each of these conditions can leave you with pelvic pain, pain during sex and/or heavy periods. And that can help us understand why women may struggle to get an accurate diagnose when experiencing symptoms of a uterine condition. However, by listening to your unique symptoms and using tools such as ultrasound or MRI, it is possible to detect fibroids, adenomyosis and endometriosis. And once you have the right diagnosis, we can provide non-surgical!

Embolization as Treat for Fibroids and Adenomyosis

While our fibroid specialists in Georgia don't treat endometriosis, our office provides non-surgical adenomyosis and fibroid relief with a procedure known as artery embolization. With UAE, we cut off blood flow to the uterine artery. Once complete, any fibroids will shrink. Or, for women with adenomyosis, symptoms will improve as rogue endometrial tissue is targeted. Ready to learn more about UAE? Click here to request an appointment

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