Belly Button Endo, And Other Odd Spots

Women who have episodes of bleeding from the belly button may in fact have implants of endometriosis there. Most endometriosis is thought to develop from women bleeding their menstrual blood into their abdomen through their fallopian tubes during their menstrual period. That is why most of the visible spots of endometriosis found at surgery are seen behind the uterus, in the lower abdomen, around the ovaries, or in the deep pelvis. Endometriosis can occur in other far away spots, remote from the lower pelvis. Endometriosis can be in the bowel, the bladder, the liver or the lungs. It's not clear how it gets there, for some women the surgeries they have might move endometriosis cells to those odd locations, for others it's the tissue migrating from the blood stream or through the lymph system. Endometriosis waxes and wanes. It tends to grow during certain times of the cycle, and the implants tend to shrink during other times of the cycle. It is thought that the implants may grow in response to the hormones of the menstrual cycle. But endometriosis can grow in response to other hormones produced by organs other than the ovaries.  Based on studies published in Reproductive Science, from 2009, with Jones and others there are both times that endometriosis grows and shrinks, but this  not always in sync with the normal menstrual cycle. Thus the pathology of these endometriosis implants do not represent the same orderly growth that normal lining of the uterus tissue shows.This is now why in 2013 we have determined that in fact endometriosis is a syndrome and there is more than just the spots of endometriosis that occur in your body. If you have recurring cyclic symptoms of any kind, see your gyno to consider the diagnosis of endometriosis. If you are interested in research studies contact us at 217-356-3736 to see if you qualify for enrollment. 


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