Women’s OBGYN provides treatment for women in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA with endometriosis. This disease effects more than 200,000 women across the United States and can have an impact on women’s daily lives. The women’s OBGYN team at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology provides these women with the care they need to be healthy and live their lives.
Q. What is endometriosis?
A. Endometriosis is a disease in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus.
Q. What are symptoms of endometriosis?
A. Endometriosis can have many symptoms that your women’s OBGYN will use to diagnose you. The most common symptom is pain in the form of painful menstrual cramps, lower back and pelvic pain, painful bowel movements and pain after sex. Many women with endometriosis have periods that are more painful than typical ones, which is one of the biggest symptoms. Women with endometriosis also may have spotting between periods and digestive issues. Difficulty getting pregnant is another sign. If you experience any of these issues, be sure to contact your women’s OBGYN for an appointment.
Q. Who is at risk of developing endometriosis?
A. Girls and women of any age can develop endometriosis once they start having menstrual periods. But, it more common for women who are in their 30s and 40s. If you have family members with endometriosis, you may have a slightly higher risk of developing it as well. This is why it is so important to go over your family’s history with your women’s OBGYN.
Q. How is it diagnosed?
A. Endometriosis is diagnosed by your women’s OBGYN. After listening to your symptoms, they’ll perform a pelvic exam to feel for any abnormalities. They’ll also do imaging such as an ultrasound or, in some cases, an MRI. To confirm their diagnosis, your women’s OBGYN may also do a laparoscopy which allows them to look inside your pelvic area.
Q. How is endometriosis treated?
A. There are a few things your women’s OBGYN can do to help relieve endometriosis pain. First, they may do either extended cycle birth control or continuous cycle birth control, or may use an IUD to balance hormones. You may also take over the counter pain medications to relieve symptoms. Surgery is also an option for severe cases. Your womens OBGYN will work with you to determine your best treatment options.
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA women who are struggling with severe pain that may indicate endometriosis should contact Georgia OBGYN. Our staff provides quality, personal care to their patients and will work to provide you the best care possible. Contact our office today to make your appointment.