Endometriosis impacts women throughout Georgia and the United States
Gynecologist in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA specialize in keeping women healthy and treating diseases and health concerns concerning women’s reproductive organs. This includes treating problems such as endometriosis, which occurs when the tissue that lines your utureous grows outside of it, in patients. Per the Endometriosis Foundation, an estimated one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. Your gynecologist will play an important role in diagnosing and treating this disease.
Endometriosis has many symptoms, some severe
When it comes to diagnosing endometriosis, your gynecologist will need to hear about your symptoms. This helps them diagnose the disease while also determining next steps. Many women who have this issue report experiencing severe pain during their period. While some discomfort, and even pain, is common for women who are on their period, those with endometriosis experience severe pain which will impact their ability to perform life’s daily needs.
You should also tell your gynecologist if you experience bleeding between periods, heavy menstrual cycles, pain during sex, and even pain while urinating. Other symptoms you should be sure to tell your gynecologist include fatigue, bloating, and even nausea.
Your gynecologist will perform tests to diagnose endometriosis
If your gynecologist suspects you may have endometriosis, they will confirm through a variety of tests. First, they’ll perform a pelvic exam which allows them to feel if the lining is outside the uterus. They may also do an ultrasound to look closer. MRIs and even in some cases, laparoscopy, can be used to diagnose endometriosis.
Once diagnosed, your gynecologist will determine a course of treatment for you. They will take many things into consideration such as whether or not you want kids in the future, your age, the severity of your symptoms, and more. Some patients find relief through pain medication or hormone therapy. Others may require stronger treatment such as a hysterectomy.
Gynecologist in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA based physicians at Georgia OBGYN are able to diagnose and treat endometriosis in patients. Our gynecologist and OBGYN team are able to provide in office care, perform diagnostic procedures, and discuss treatments with patients. Our staff also has surgical privileges at Northside Hospital in Atlanta in which they can perform hysterectomies or other surgical procedures required to treat endometriosis.
If you experience severe pain during your period, excessive bleeding, or have other health concerns, be sure to contact the team at Georgia OBGYN. Our gynecologist team is happy to help.