Bladder Endometriosis is an extremely rare case of endometriosis. It is essentially the same as the more common cause of endometriosis which affects the uterus except in this case, it also affects the bladder.
What is Bladder Endometriosis?
First off, endometriosis is a condition in which tissue resembling the uterus lining grows outside the uterus itself. When this lining grows outside the bladder, it is referred to as bladder endometriosis. Once again, this is much rarer than endometriosis found in the uterus.
One symptom that comes with bladder endometriosis, is feeling pain when the bladder is full. In regular endometriosis, the pain exists when a woman is about to menstruate and her periods may be heavier than normal.
Who can suffer from Bladder Endometriosis?
Endometriosis affects 6 to 10 percent of women during their reproductive years. The majority of women, therefore, receive their diagnosis during this time with the average age being 27 years.
Bladder endometriosis is rare. A 2014 study reports that as few as 1 to 2 percent of women with endometriosis may have endometrial growths in their urinary system, and the bladder is the organ most likely to be affected.
Symptoms of Bladder Endometriosis
Symptoms of bladder endometriosis specifically may include:
- feeling the need to urinate urgently
- frequent urination
- pain when the bladder is full
- burning or painful sensations when passing urine
- blood in the urine
- pelvic pain
- lower back pain (on one side)
When endometriosis develops in other parts of the pelvis, symptoms may include:
- cramping and pain before and during periods
- pain when having sex
- bleeding during or between periods that may be heavy
- feeling extremely tired
Treatment for Bladder Endometriosis
If you are diagnosed with bladder endometriosis, you can control the symptoms with a combination of painkillers and hormonal treatments. It mainly depends on the severity of your symptoms. Should you choose not to have treatment for your bladder endometriosis, your symptoms are likely to continue and may worsen over time. Some women have found complementary treatments useful with controlling symptoms, though these are not scientifically proven treatments.
Surgery is the usual treatment for bladder endometriosis. Affected areas can be vaporized with a laser, burned with diathermy or excised to remove them.
You can expect to have a urinary catheter and, in some cases of deep endometriosis, a ureteric stent fitted during and for a few days after the operation.
Regardless of your symptoms and decision for taking care of this issue, you should visit your primary Doctor. Something of this nature is to be taken seriously and getting proper treatment and medical advice is crucial.