Adenomyosis vs endometriosis: What’s the difference between the two conditions?

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Explaining the key differences between the often misunderstood conditions, Dr Bajekal says that adenomyosis tends to affect older women (although, not always), whilst endometriosis more so impacts younger women. Photo: Pexels


(Jade Biggs/ Cosmopolitan UK) — Thanks to celebrities like Molly-Mae Hague and Halsey, who have spoken honestly about their experience with endometriosis (a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes), more people than ever are aware of it. Other symptoms can include fatigue, debilitating period pain, pain during sex and bladder issues.

But, as society learns more about endometriosis , there still seems to be some confusion around adenomyosis, a condition with some similar symptoms that affects roughly one in 10 people of reproductive age, according to the NHS.

To find out more about the symptoms of adenomyosis and endometriosis – and to uncover the key differences between the two conditions – we spoke to Dr Nitu Bajekal, consultant gynaecologist and co-author of Living PCOS Free.

“Adenomyosis is an oestrogen-dependent chronic inflammatory condition that can affect women and those assigned female at birth (AFAB) at any age,” Dr Bajekal tells Cosmopolitan UK. (…)

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