Endometriosis is a condition of pelvic pain caused by the appearance of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. This is a condition that is diagnosed by a gynecologist. Currently, there is treatment for the pain caused by the condition, however, there is no cure. This is a chronic condition that can last for many years.
Chances are, you or someone you know suffers from endometriosis It is estimated that over 10 million American women are afflicted with endometriosis, a common gynecological condition. The cause of this disease is currently unknown, its diagnosis is invasive, and most of its therapies are only partially effective. The purpose of this research study is to investigate the genes responsible for predisposing women to endometriosis By identifying these genetic variants, our team of health professionals and scientists plan to develop noninvasive diagnostics and earlier and more effective therapies for this often-debilitating condition.
Many women who have endometriosis experience pain as their number one symptom, especially painful cramps or heavy periods, thanks to the bleeding and inflammation of the endometrial tissue outside the uterus. This isn’t your average menstrual cramp. Women with endometriosis report cramping or pelvic pain that’s so severe, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This pain usually happens just before or during the menstrual period, but can sometimes linger all month. It’s chronic—meaning it happens consistently—and sometimes gets worse over time as the scar tissue grows.
Painful intercourse is also common, as scar tissue or endometriosis may be present between the vagina and an ovary, on the cervix, or on or behind the uterosacral ligament, which connects the cervix to the sacrum. Plus, if the endometriosis is present on the bowels or bladder, pain may also be felt during elimination or urination.
To learn more about Endometriosis Studies, or participating in upcoming clinical trials at GLRG contact us today at (989) 895-9100.