Endometriosis is a condition that often causes extreme pelvic pain, bloating, fatigue, painful bowel movements, and heavy periods. It is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women and it takes an average of 7 years for a woman to get properly diagnosed by a physician.
The condition causes the endometrium, that normally builds inside the uterus, to grow outside of it. During each menstrual cycle, the tissue that has grown outside the uterus will bleed as it normally would inside the uterus but has no way to exit the body causing local inflammation and pain.
Inflammation is a key factor in adhesion formation, which can be a major complication for those women with endometriosis.
What are adhesions?
Endometriosis.org defines adhesions as bands of fibrous scar tissue that form inside the body between almost all organs and tissue. Often, the adhesions form between the ovaries and nearby organs.
The adhesions may result from your body trying to heal the inflammation caused by the endometriosis lesions. Ironic, isn’t it?
According to SpeakEndo.org, endometriosis lesions are commonly found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowels, intestines, rectovaginal septum, and peritoneum. Some of these lesions may even form their own nerve endings, which can intensify the pain.
Over time, the prevalence of tissue in these areas may lead to the development of scar tissue and/or adhesions between the organs which may increase the pain.
Just imagine the pain of having your internal organs being glued together by scar tissue. Some women have described the pain as similar to “burning, stabbing, pinching or pulling.”
The knowledge and treatment options for endometriosis are limited. That’s why Women’s Healthcare Research is currently seeking volunteers with endometriosis to participate in cutting-edge clinical trials.
Qualified volunteers will have the opportunity to receive study-related care and medication at no cost, gain a better understanding of the condition and receive compensation for time and travel. Additionally, participants will help local physicians by evaluating new investigational treatment options that may benefit current and future generations.
If you would like to learn more about our currently enrolling clinical research trials, click HERE!