When we think blue dye most of us likely think food coloring. But, Dr. Tamer Seckin thinks of a breakthrough in endometriosis treatment. The OB/GYN says his novel approach to surgery catches six-to-seven times more of the disease, which affects one in 10 women.
Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing pain, subfertility, and very heavy periods. While the pain is usually in the abdomen, lower back, or pelvic areas, some women have no symptoms. For those that do, It can be a debilitating disease. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, endometriosis can be found in 24 to 50 percent of women who experience infertility.
The following are the most common symptoms for endometriosis, however, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms of endometriosis may include:
• pain, especially excessive menstrual cramps which may be felt in the abdomen or lower back
• pain during intercourse
• abnormal or heavy menstrual flow
• painful urination during menstrual periods
• painful bowel movements during menstrual periods
• other gastrointestinal problems (i.e., diarrhea, constipation, and/or nausea)
It is important to note that the amount of pain a woman experiences is not necessarily related to the severity of the disease - some women with severe endometriosis may experience no pain, while others with a milder form of the disease may have severe pain or other symptoms.