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Physical exams are often normal. With advanced ovarian cancer, doctor may find swollen abdomen often due to accumulation of fluid. Pelvic examination may reveal ovarian or abdominal mass. The Ca - 125 blood test is not considered a good screening test for ovarian cancer. But, it may be do if a woman has: symptoms of ovarian cancer already been diagnosed with ovarian cancer to determine how well treatment is working complete blood count and blood chemistry Pregnancy test CT or MRI of pelvis or abdomen Ultrasound of pelvis surgery, such as pelvic laparoscopy or exploratory laparotomy, is often do to find cause of symptoms. A biopsy will be done to help make a diagnosis. No lab or imaging test has ever been shown to be able to successfully screen for or diagnose ovarian cancer in its early stages, so no standard screening tests are recommended at this time. Surgery is used to treat all stages of ovarian cancer. For early stages, surgery may be only treatment. Surgery may involve removing both ovaries and fallopian tubes, uterus, or other structures in the belly or pelvis. Chemotherapy is used after surgery to treat any cancer that remain. Chemotherapy can also be used if cancer comes back. Chemotherapy can be given intravenously. It can also be injected directly into the abdominal cavity. Radiation therapy is rarely used to treat ovarian cancer in the United States. After surgery and chemotherapy, follow instructions about how often you should see your doctor and tests you should have. There are no standard recommendations for screening for ovarian cancer. Pelvic Ultrasound or blood test, such as CA - 125, have not been found to be effective andA is not recommend. Brca1 or BRCA2 genetic testing may be recommended for women at high risk for ovarian cancer. These are women who have a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Removing ovaries and fallopian tubes in women who have proven mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene may reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. But, ovarian cancer may still develop in other areas of the pelvis.

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Causes and symptoms

Chronic pelvic Pain is a complex condition that can have multiple causes. Sometimes, single disorder may be identified as the cause. In other cases, however, pain may be the result of several medical conditions. For example, woman might have endometriosis and interstitial cystitis, both of which contribute to chronic pelvic pain. Endometriosis. This is a condition in which tissue from the lining of your womb grows outside your uterus. These deposits of tissue respond to your menstrual cycle, just as your uterine lining is thickening, breaking down and bleeding each month as your hormone levels rise and fall. Because it's happening outside your uterus, blood and tissue can't exit your body through your vagina. Instead, they remain in your abdomen, where they may lead to painful cysts and fibrous bands of scar tissue. Musculoskeletal problems. Conditions affecting your bones, joints and connective tissues such as fibromyalgia, pelvic floor muscle tension, inflammation of pubic joint or hernia can lead to recurring pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. This can occur if long - term infection, often sexually transmit, causes scarring that involves your pelvic organs. Ovarian remnant. After surgical removal of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, small piece of ovary may accidentally be left inside and later develop painful cysts. Fibroids. These noncancerous uterine growths may cause pressure or feeling of heavy in your lower abdomen. They rarely cause sharp pain unless they become deprived of blood supply and begin to die. Irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation or diarrhea can be source of pelvic pain and pressure. Painful bladder syndrome. This condition is associated with recurring pain in your bladder and frequent need to urinate. You may experience pelvic pain as your bladder fills, which may improve temporarily after you empty your bladder. Pelvic congestion syndrome. Some doctors believe enlarge, varicose - type veins around your uterus and ovaries may result in pelvic pain. However, other doctors are much less certain that pelvic congestion syndrome is the cause of pelvic pain because most women with enlarged veins in the pelvis have no associated pain. Psychological factors. Depression, chronic stress or a history of sexual or physical abuse may increase your risk of chronic pelvic pain. Emotional distress makes pain worse, and living with chronic pain contributes to emotional distress. These two factors often become a vicious cycle.

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Diagnosis and treatment

Fibroids that are large enough to stretch the uterus will probably need some kind of medical treatment. Your doctor may prescribe birth control drugs, such as birth control pills that contain estrogen and progesterone or progesterone - only devices like IUD.S Birth control medication may halt growth of fibroids and limit menstrual bleeding. Another treatment, know as Uterine Artery Embolization, uses a thin tube inserted into the uterus to inject small particles into arteries of the uterus. That cut off blood supply to fibroids. Once fibroids are deprived of blood, they will shrink and die. In some cases, you may need surgery. Surgery to remove fibroids is called myomectomy. Depending on the size and location of fibroids, this may be done with a laparoscope or through traditional surgery. A laparoscope is a thin surgical instrument with a camera on one end that is inserted through small incision or through traditional surgery. Complete surgical removal of the uterus, called hysterectomy, may also be advise. Fibroids are No. 1 reason hysterectomies are perform. Theyre generally done on women whose fibroids cause a lot of symptoms, or on women with fibroids who dont want children or are near or past menopause. Hysterectomy can be done laparoscopically, even on very large uterus.

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Complications

Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow on the wall of the uterus. Another medical term for fibroids is leiomyoma or just myoma. Fibroids are almost always benign. Fibroids can grow as single tumor,ss or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as apple seed or as big as grapefruit. In unusual cases, they can become very large. About 20 percent to 80 percent of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Fibroids are most common in women in their 40s and early 50s. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fibroids can also put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination, or rectum, causing rectal pressure. Should fibroids get very large, they can cause the abdomen to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant. No one knows for sure what causes fibroids. Researchers think that more than one factor could play a role. These factors could be: hormonal genetic because no one knows for sure what causes fibroids, We also don't know what causes them to grow or shrink. We do know that they are under hormonal control both estrogen and progesterone. They grow rapidly during pregnancy, when hormone levels are high. They shrink when anti - hormone medication is used. They also stop growing or shrink once a woman reaches menopause. Women who have fibroids are more likely to have problems during pregnancy and delivery. This doesn't mean there will be problems. Most women with fibroids have normal pregnancies. The most common problems seen in women with fibroids are: cesarean section. The risk of needing a c - section is six times greater for women with fibroids. Baby is breech. The baby is not positioned well for vaginal delivery. Labor fails to progress. Placental abruption. The Placenta breaks away from the wall of the uterus before delivery. When this happen, fetus does not get enough oxygen. Preterm delivery. Talk to your obstetrician if you have fibroids and become pregnant. All obstetricians have experience dealing with fibroids and pregnancy. Most women who have fibroids and become pregnant do not need to see an OB who deals with high - risk pregnancies. Your doctor may find that you have fibroids when you see her or him for a regular pelvic exam to check your uterus, ovaries, and vagina. A doctor can feel Fibroid with his or his fingers during ordinary pelvic exam, as lump or mass in the uterus. Often, doctor will describe how small or how large fibroids are by comparing their size to the size your uterus would be if you were pregnant. For example, you may be told that your fibroids have made your uterus the size it would be if you were 16 weeks pregnant.


Symptoms

Symptoms of enlarged uterus are based on the condition causing enlargement. One of the most common symptoms is bleeding. This includes heavy, painful, and long periods, including passage of blood clots. However, some people may not experience any symptoms and enlarged uterus will only be detected during gynecological exam. Researchers have identified different symptoms that are sometimes experienced by people with enlarged uterus. They include: Pain: Pain in the lower part of the abdomen may indicate enlarged uterus but it may also be related to another condition. A person may also experience pain in her legs, abdomen, back, and pelvic areas. Sexual intercourse may also be painful. Bloating: enlarged uterus may push down on bowels, causing bloating and excess gas. Constipation: Pressure on bowels from enlarge uterus may cause some women to experience constipation. Abnormal periods: enlarged uterus can cause heavy bleeding and clotting during periods. It can also cause irregular periods and heavy spotting between periods. Heavy bleeding may cause anemia, causing symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, and fast heart rate. Frequent urination: Pressure on the bladder from swell uterus can cause incontinence or frequent urination. Weight gain: person with an enlarged uterus may experience weight gain in their waist. Hormonal changes may also cause weight gain. Conception and pregnancy problems: For people trying to conceive, enlarge uterus can make it harder to get pregnant. It can also lead to premature labor and miscarriage in people who are pregnant. Feelings of fullness or pressure in the pelvis, leg, abdominal, back, and / or pelvic Pain, Pain during sexual intercourse, Bloating Constipation, Frequent need to urinate, Weight gain, Conception and pregnancy problems

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Tummy twinges, pinching and pulling

Are you experiencing recurring pinching pain in your stomach? Unless the pain is severe, you may not think much of it. In fact, most people who experience pinching pain in the stomach will put it down to trapped wind or indigestion. However, as a common symptom of a large number of gastroenterological problems, it is important to seek diagnosis to rule out potentially serious health issues. If you have eaten undercooked or spoiled poultry, you may experience bacterial gastroenteritis. Alternatively, you could have caught winter vomiting bug, which is a common name for norovirus. In young children, majority of gastroenteritis cases are caused by rotavirus. Urinary tract infection can cause sensation of pinching in your stomach. It is important to understand that urinary tract infection is not likely to pass without treatment with antibiotics, so you should consult with gastroenterologist for diagnosis. If renal or gall bladder stones have develop, early symptoms can include pinching pain in your stomach. Other symptoms may include fever and shivering, severe nausea and yellowing of skin or eyes. Renal and gall bladder stones are usually treatable, but some patients may experience life - threatening complications. If you are suffering from pinching pain in your stomach along with symptoms such as jaundice, dark urine, fatigue, sudden weight loss and pale stools, make an appointment with a Gastroenterologist right away. These are common signs of hepatitis and should not be ignore. Appendicitis presents pains that become progressively worse, usually over the course of a few hours. Pain will come and go initially, only to return with vengeance. If you are experiencing increasingly severe pain around your abdomen, do not hesitate to reach out to a gastroenterologist. Constipation can strike at any time and may cause pinching pain in your stomach. If you frequently suffer from constipation, it is important to get to the bottom of what is causing the issue. Dr. David Yamini is a Beverly Hills Gastroenterologist who can offer both diagnosis and treatment for constipation and related conditions. Colitis describes inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and can result from a large number of underlying health conditions. Abdominal pain and cramping, which could be described as pinching pain in your stomach, are two of the main symptoms of colitis. You owe it to your health and well - being to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist, who can provide accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options. When the pancreas becomes inflame, it can result in either acute or chronic pancreatitis. While most people will recover from acute pancreatitis, it is a potentially life - threatening condition that can progress to chronic pancreatitis. Heavy consumption of alcohol is another major contributing factor in the development of pancreatitis. Irritable bowel syndrome is an incurable condition that includes pinching pain in the stomach as a symptom. If you suspect that you suffer from IBS, seeking advice from a Gastroenterologist can significantly improve your quality of life.

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Period pain

During your period, your uterus contracts to help shed its lining. These contractions are triggered by hormone - like substances called prostaglandins. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more severe Menstrual cramps. Some people tend to have more severe Menstrual cramps without any clear cause. For others, severe menstrual cramps may be a symptom of underlying medical condition. Endometriosis is a condition that causes tissue that usually lines your uterus to grow in other parts of your body, outside your uterus. Pcos is a common hormone disorder affecting approximately 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Higher levels of androgens, which are male hormones, and irregular periods are common symptoms. Heavy periods prolong periods of excessive facial and body hair weight gain and trouble losing weight acne, thinning hair or hair loss, multiple skin tags, dark patches of skin, especially in creases of the neck and groin fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop inside or outside of the uterus. They range in size from as small as seed to large masses that can cause enlarged uterus. You can have one or more fibroids, often without symptoms. When fibroids do cause symptoms, symptoms vary depending on the number of fibroids, their size, and location. In addition to severe mensural cramps, fibroids can also cause: pelvic pressure, lower back pain, leg pain, heavy periods, periods that last more than a week, constipation, frequent urination, difficulty emptying bladder. A Pid is a bacterial infection of female reproductive organs. It is usually caused by sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Other infections that are sexually transmitted can also cause it. Pelvic pain is the most common symptom of PID. Other symptoms include: painful intercourse, bleeding during or after Sex foul - smelling vaginal discharge, burning sensation when urinating fever, spotting between periods, cervical stenosis, which is also called close cervix, happens when the opening of your cervix is narrow or completely close. You can be born with cervical stenosis or develop it later. Close cervix can prevent Menstrual blood from exiting your body, making your periods very light or irregular. It can also lead to fertility issues. Adenomyosis is a thickening of the uterus. It occurs when endometrial tissue that lines your uterus grows into the muscles of your uterus. Tissue continues to function as it usually would throughout your cycle, thickening, breaking down, and exiting your body. This causes your uterus to grow two to three times its normal size. Adenomyosis does always cause symptoms. When it do, you may notice severe Menstrual cramps that get increasingly worse, as well as heavy or prolonged Menstrual bleeding. An IUD is a small birth control device that is inserted into your uterus. There are different types of IUDs available, Some contain hormones while others are hormone - free. They are safe for most people, but they can occasionally cause side effects, including: severe Menstrual cramps, irregular periods, heavy Menstrual bleeding. There is also a small risk of IUD perforating your uterus during insertion or bacteria entering your uterus during insertion, causing PID.


Symptoms of Painful Periods and Heavy Bleeding

Johns Hopkins gynecologist Mindy Christianson, MD, says there are five common signs of endometriosis. Here is what you should watch out for: painful periods. Most of us have cramps during our periods, but women with endometriosis often have debilitating pain. Chronic pelvic pain. Sometimes women have chronic and severe pelvic pain even when they do have their periods, Christianson say. This can be due to prolonged disease and scarring. Painful intercourse. This common symptom, also know as dyspareunia, is due to endometriosis beneath the uterus. During penetration, women might have intense, localized pain. Ovarian cysts. These cysts, know as endometriomas, are another hallmark of endometriosis. They can become large and painful, and often need to be remove. Infertility. Infertility is defined as not conceiving within one year despite regular sexual intercourse without contraception. About 10 percent of women living with infertility have endometriosis. This is a leading cause of infertility because it can cause scar tissue as well as damage and inflammation to fallopian tubes, which are needed to conceive naturally, Christianson explains. Research also shows that endometriosis can affect egg quality and reduce the number of eggs in the body. The symptoms above are exclusive to endometriosis, Christianson say. Painful periods do always point to endometriosis; sometimes theyre separate condition known as dysmenorrhea. Pelvic pain can also be caused by scar tissue, previous infections or a history of appendicitis. Irritable or inflammatory bowel syndrome can also cause pelvic pain.

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3. Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a condition in which cells that line inside of the uterus are abnormally located in cells that make up the uterine wall. This condition can result in a somewhat enlarged uterus. This tissue thicken, breaks down, and bleeds during every menstrual cycle and can cause very painful periods and heavy bleeding 1. Adenomyosis can be difficult to diagnose and, without seeing a specialist, symptoms like heavy bleeding and Pelvic Pain are often dismiss. Many patients also ask difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis, since symptoms sometimes resemble each other or occur simultaneously. Adenomyosis, while not a cancerous or precancerous condition, can still cause debilitating pain and severe menstrual bleeding for some women. Adenomyosis can be detected with Magnetic Resonance Imagining scan and at times transvaginal ultrasound but it is confirmed after surgery through pathology. To cure adenomyosis, one must get hysterectomy. Adenomyosis is an extremely common condition, but it is not always readily identified by many doctors, as initial imaging of the uterus is often conducted by ultrasound. Specialists at Center for Innovative GYN Care are fellowship - trained and highly experienced in treating adenomyosis. They have seen many women who have had failed treatments for adenomyosis, including birth control or ablation. Neither of these treatments control disease. Specialists at CIGC perform minimally invasive hysterectomies using DualPortGYN with low risk of complications, fast recovery, and less pain. Mri scan is the best imaging study for diagnosing adenomyosis. A characteristic feature in MRI is the thickened junctional zone, which is the thin innermost layer of the uterine muscle wall. Sometimes adenomyosis forms mass and is mistake for fibroids in imaging studies. Ultrasound can also be used to look for adenomyosis but is less sensitive than MRI. Enlarge globular uterus, thickened Endometrial lining, and heterogeneous uterine wall are sonographic features that are indications of adenomyosis. If your OBGYN has normal ultrasound and you suspect adenomyosis, MRI should be obtain. Preliminary diagnosis of adenomyosis is based on report symptoms by patient. Since adenomyosis can occur simultaneously with other conditions, proper diagnosis is missed by clinicians. For example, woman having heavy periods may have both adenomyosis and fibroids. Since fibroids are well - known cause of heavy periods, clinicians may assume her heavy bleeding is from fibroids. However, if only fibroids are remove, adenomyosis will still be present and she will continue to have heavy bleeding. Unfortunately, only way to definitively diagnose adenomyosis is by having a pathologist examine the uterus after a hysterectomy has been perform. Imaging studies can be used to suggest adenomyosis but are not completely accurate. The only cure for adenomyosis is hysterectomy. Unlike fibroids, which are often surrounded by capsule, there is no clear border between adenomyotic tissue and normal uterine tissue. Because of this, adenomyosis cannot be effectively removed the way fibroids can, and, when remove, portions of uterine muscle are removed as well 2.

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Causes and risk factors

Adenomyosis is a noncancerous condition that mimics symptoms of fibroids. It results in the lining of the uterus becoming embed directly in the muscle wall of the uterus. During the menstrual cycle, cells of muscle bleed, causing pain and swelling. Adenomyoma is a swollen part of the uterine wall. Upon examination, adenomyoma feels like fibroid, and it may even be confused with one on ultrasound. Adenomyosis may not cause any symptoms. In other severe cases, it can lead to heavy bleeding and cramping during menstruation. One study of 985 women reported in the medical journal Human Reproduction found that adenomyosis was present in approximately 20 percent of participants. However, all participants in the study had to attend the gynecology clinic with existing symptoms. It is possible, then, that the prevalence of adenomyosis is higher in the general population.

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Fibroids

Drug therapy is an option for some women with fibroids. Medications may reduce heavy bleeding and painful periods that fibroids sometimes cause. They may not prevent growth of fibroids. Surgery is often needed later. Drug treatment for fibroids includes the following options: birth control pills and other types of hormonal birth control methodsThese. Drugs are often used to control heavy bleeding and painful periods. Gonadotropin - releasing hormone agonistsThese drugs stop the menstrual cycle and can shrink fibroids. They are sometimes used before surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding. Because GnRH agonists have many side effects, they are used only for short periods. After a woman stops taking GnRH agonist, her fibroids usually return to their previous size. The Progestin - releasing intrauterine device is for women with fibroids that do not distort inside of the uterus. It reduces heavy and painful bleeding but does not treat fibroids themselves.

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