ENDOMETRIOSIS 
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ENDOMETRIOSIS

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Endometriosis is a common condition where endometrial tissue, which lines the uterus, can appear in the pelvic cavity and elsewhere in the body where it doesn’t belong. Endometriosis affects approximately 6-7% of all females, 30-40% of whom are infertile. 

The cause of endometriosis is still unknown. The most accepted explanation is that retrograde menstruation causes endometriosis. Retrograde menstruation is the backwards movement of menstrual fluids through the fallopian tubes and into the peritoneal cavity. Immunologic changes have been demonstrated in women with endometriosis. 

Endometriosis is associated with pelvic pain during periods, pain during intercourse, spotting before periods. In some patients, endometriosis infertility will present as their only symptom.

Western Medicine treatment includes laparoscopic laser surgery, which removes the endometrial implants and adhesions.

 

RESEARCH

Smith CA, Zhu X, He L, Song J. Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Data Syst Rev. 2011

Witt CM, Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B, Roll S, Jena S, Willich SN. Acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea: A randomized study on clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in usual care. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008;198: 166e1-8

Rubi-Klein K , Kucera-Sliutz E, Nissel H, Bijak M, Stockenhuber D, Fink M, Wolkenstein E. Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis?: A randomised controlled cross-over trial. Euro J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2010;153(1): 90-93

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