What are the possible treatment options for adenomyosis?

As with uterine fibroids, there are surgical and non-surgical treatment options. However, whether adenomyosis is diffuse or less commonly focal, its infiltrative nature makes it impossible to surgically remove the adenomyosis. Therefore, the only surgical treatment option for patients suffering with adenomyosis is hysterectomy (i.e. removal of the entire uterus). The best non-surgical option for adenomyosis is Uterine artery embolization (UAE). Other medical options have been tried (exs. oral contraceptive pills, hormone-containing IUDs) which are ineffective. Endometrial ablation (i.e. burning/freezing the lining of the uterus) can actually worsen the symptoms from adenomyosis and should be avoided. While UAE is not as effective in treating the symptoms from adenomyosis as it is with uterine fibroids (70% vs. 90%), it still helps the significant majority of these patients and can allow women suffering with adenomyosis to avoid surgery and keep their uterus.

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bleeding. This painful condition can affect any female of menstruating age, although it is more likely to run in families. If you experience abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, talk to your doctor. While there is no known cause, and no known cure for endometriosis, treatments do exist, including medications and surgery to reduce symptoms and restore fertility.

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