Uterine adhesions, also known as Asherman’s syndrome, are bands of scar tissue that form inside the uterus and can cause fertility problems and other reproductive issues. Here’s what you need to know about understanding and managing uterine adhesions:
- Causes: Uterine adhesions can be caused by a variety of factors, including uterine surgery, such as a dilation and curettage (D&C), infections, or other conditions that cause inflammation or scarring in the uterus.
- Symptoms: Uterine adhesions can cause a variety of symptoms, including infertility, menstrual irregularities, and recurrent miscarriages.
- Diagnosis: Uterine adhesions can be diagnosed with a hysteroscopy, a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube with a camera is inserted into the uterus to examine the lining.
- Treatment: Treatment for uterine adhesions typically involves surgery to remove the scar tissue. In some cases, hormones or other medications may be used to help reduce the risk of adhesion reformation after surgery.
- Prevention: The best way to prevent uterine adhesions is to avoid unnecessary uterine surgery and to ensure that any uterine surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon who takes steps to minimize the risk of adhesions.
- Follow-up: After treatment for uterine adhesions, it’s important to have regular follow-up care to monitor for any recurrence of adhesions or other reproductive issues.
Managing uterine adhesions can be challenging, but with the right treatment and follow-up care, it’s possible to improve fertility and other reproductive outcomes. Women who are experiencing symptoms of uterine adhesions should talk to their healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for their individual needs.