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An estimated one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis, a condition that is difficult to diagnose and which can cause debilitating pain, cysts and even infertility.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

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We report a case of a rectal-vaginal mass found during a routine pelvic exam in a 60-years-old asymptomatic menopausal woman, with no history of hormone replacement therapy, chronic pelvic pain, infertility or previous gynecological surgery.
Source: The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: IMAGES IN Gynecological Surgery Source Type: research
Authors: Zheng W, Cao L, Xu Z, Ma Y, Liang X Abstract Endometriosis is caused by the growth or infiltration of endometrial tissues outside of the endometrium and myometrium. Symptoms include pain and infertility. Surgery and hormonal therapy are widely used in Western medicine for the treatment of endometriosis; however, the side effects associated with this practice include disease recurrence and menopause, which can severely influence quality of life. Angiogenesis is the main biological mechanism underlying the development of endometriosis. Numerous natural products and Chinese medicines with potent anti-angiogen...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 3 November 2018Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical Endocrinology &MetabolismAuthor(s): Dominique de Ziegler, Paul Pirtea, Marie Carbonnel, Marine Poulain, Ettore Cicinelli, Carlo Bulletti, Konstantinos Kostaras, George Kontopoulos, David Keefe, Jean Marc AyoubiAbstractEndometriosis – a disease causing pain and infertility – is encountered in nearly 50% of infertile women. While medical treatment is effective on pain and recurrence of symptoms after surgical excision, it is of no help for treating infertility for which the only options considered are surgery and AR...
Source: Best Practice and Research Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
The objective of this study is to study effect of laparoscopy surgery vs dienogest in reducing pain and effect on infertility associated with endometriosis.
Source: The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract Endometriosis causes severe chronic pelvic pain and infertility. We have recently reported that niclosamide treatment reduces growth and progression of endometriosis-like lesions and inflammatory signaling (NFĸB and STAT3) in a mouse model. In the present study, we examined further inhibitory mechanisms by which niclosamide affects endometriotic lesions using an endometriotic epithelial cell line, 12Z, and macrophages differentiated from a monocytic THP-1 cell line. Niclosamide dose dependently reduced 12Z viability, reduced STAT3 and NFĸB activity, and increased both cleaved caspase-3 and cleaved PARP....
Source: Biology of Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Biol Reprod Source Type: research
Endometriosis, classically defined as a disease of unknown origin that causes pain and infertility, has an estimated incidence of approximately 10% in women of reproductive age. Several epidemiologic factors are associated with an increased incidence, such as an early age at menarche and short menstrual cycle length. Conversely, current use of oral contraceptives and multiparity are characteristics associated with a lower incidence. It also is interesting that an inverse correlation between body mass index and incidence of endometriosis has been observed by numerous reports.
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Reflections Source Type: research
Endometriosis is a very common finding in infertile women and is one of the most controversial topics. This is true for multiple reasons. For example, lots of patients with endometriosis have no symptoms at all, and this is an incidental finding either on a vaginal ultrasound scan, which picks up a chocolate cyst, or on a diagnostic laparoscopy done for checking infertility. Now, on an ultrasound scan or a laparoscopy, once the diagnosis is made, then doctors usually get itchy fingers and want to treat it. The treatment is usually doing an operative laparoscopy to remove the lesion, but whether this actually helps the pati...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Authors: Vassilopoulou L, Matalliotakis M, Zervou MI, Matalliotaki C, Spandidos DA, Matalliotakis I, Goulielmos GN Abstract The aim of the present review was to discuss a matter of concern in the clinical field of obstetrics/gynecology, namely the potency of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the management of endometriosis-associated infertility. Endometriosis is a medical condition affecting one tenth of women in their fertile years, and accounts for up to 50% of infertile women. Thus, such high prevalence has established the necessity for investigating the effectiveness of available techniques in eradicating the di...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 August 2018Source: Autoimmunity ReviewsAuthor(s): Tao Zhang, Caterina De Carolis, Man Gene Chi-Wai, Chi-Chiu WangAbstractEndometriosis (EMS), an estrogen-dependent inflammatory disorder affects approximately 5–10% of the general female population of reproductive age and 20–90% of women with pelvic pain and infertility. Many immunological factors are known to contribute significantly to the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of EMS, and both chronic local inflammation and autoantibodies in EMS shares many similarities with autoimmune diseases (AD). However, the autoimmune etio...
Source: Autoimmunity Reviews - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Conclusion: Serum caspase-3 level may be a reliable predictor of endometriosis severity.Gynecol Obstet Invest
Source: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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