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Endometriosis in the bladder: what is it, main symptoms and treatment

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Endometriosis in the bladder is a disease where the tissue of the endometrium grows inside the uterus, in this specific case, in the walls of the bladder. However, in contrast to what happens in the uterus, where the tissue is eliminated in menstruation, the endometrium that is in the walls of the bladder where it goes, generating symptoms such as pain in the bladder, burning when breathing o frequent need to urinate, especially during menstruation.

Endometriosis in the urinary tract is rare, it is found between 0.5% and 2% of all cases and usually occurs in women in a fertile age.

Endometriosis in the bladder cannot be cured, however, treatment with surgery or hormonal medications can help alleviate the symptoms, especially in women with very intense manifestations of the illness.



main symptoms

The symptoms of endometriosis in the bladder are very specific, being often confused with menstrual pain. They include:

  • Oral diseases;

  • Pain in the pelvic region, or in the bladder region, which empeoras with menstruation;

  • Painful sexual relationships;



  • More frequent cravings for urinating;

  • Presence of pus or blood in the urine, especially during menstruation;

  • Excessive tiredness;

  • Persistent fever below 38ºC.

When these symptoms exist, but infections in the urinary tracts are not identified, the doctor can inspect the endometriosis and can order tests such as laparoscopy to locate the endometrial tissue in the walls of the bladder, confirming the diagnosis.

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How to confirm the diagnosis

Laparoscopy for endometriosis in the bladder is a very useful exam to diagnose the illness, where the pelvic organs are observed, including the bladder and the ureters, if they look for growths, nodules or adhesions caused by endometriosis.

However, before this exam, the doctor can try to identify any alteration through less invasive exams such as pelvic ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging, for example.

How to treat endometriosis in the bladder

The treatment for endometriosis in the bladder depends on the age, wish of having children, intensity of symptoms and severity of injuries. However, the most commonly used behaviors are:

  • hormone therapy, with drugs similar to the contraceptive pill, which reduce the production of endometrium in the bladder;

  • surgery, for total or partial removal of the bladder, it may or may not be necessary to remove one or the los from the ovaries;

  • both treatmentsdepending on the severity of the illness.

The consequences of endometriosis in the bladder when it is not treated correctly, are the appearance of more serious urinary problems in the future, such as obstruction and urinary incontinence.

Can endometriosis in the bladder cause infertility?

In general, endometriosis in the bladder does not affect the infertility of women, however, as there is a high risk of having endometriosis in the ovaries, some women may experience greater difficulty in becoming embarrassed, but it is only related to the change in them ovaries.

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