Molly was upset to learn she could have endometriosis on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and worried about what this could mean for her future plans to have a baby with TJ. And some viewers might also have some questions about the disorder that the soap has not yet answered. in detail.
Endometriosis is an often painful condition in which the tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. This tissue acts as normal endometrial tissue would, thickening, breaking down, and bleeding with each menstrual cycle, but with no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped. One of the main complications of endometriosis is impaired fertility, with one-third to one-half of sufferers experiencing difficulty becoming pregnant.
Treatment can be as simple as pain medication and hormone therapy, although that isn’t recommended if the patient is trying to get pregnant. There is the option of removing the endometriosis implants while preserving the uterus and ovaries for those hoping to have a baby, though the endometriosis can return after. The most extreme treatment would be a hysterectomy, although that is no longer necessary and doctors prefer to simply remove the endometriosis tissue instead.
Endometriosis affects around 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44. In fact, GH actress Kirsten Storms (Maxie) revealed that when she had to take a medical leave of absence from the soap in 2011 — with the role being recast with DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) for nearly a year — it was because she was suffering from endometriosis.
Molly made an appointment with Dr. Navarro who was concerned with her ultrasound. And after doing a biopsy, the physician suspected that Molly did have endometriosis but would send the samples to the lab for confirmation. While there is still the possibility that the results could come back negative, it appears unlikely given the doctor’s expert opinion. TJ was very supportive when Molly broke the news and assured her that there are still options and they could still have the baby they’ve dreamed of.
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