Overview of adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is characterized by heavy periods and a larger-than-normal uterus. The condition occurs when endometrial tissue (the tissue lining the inside of your uterus that thickens and sheds during monthly menstrual periods) extends into the walls of the uterus. A link between adenomyosis and pregnancy exists, as it is most common in women in their 40s and 50s who have had at least one child.

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Symptoms of adenomyosis

Some women with adenomyosis have no obvious symptoms. The most common adenomyosis symptoms include:

  • Prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstruation
  • Menstrual cramps that last throughout your period and get worse over the years
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bloating or tenderness in the pelvic region caused by an enlarged uterus

The cause of adenomyosis is unknown, but the growth of the endometrial tissue depends on estrogen. When estrogen hormone levels drop at menopause, adenomyosis goes away.