Worldwide, around 10% of women in their reproductive years have endometriosis. The board-certified gynecologists at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia, treat this painful condition using the latest techniques to control severe or debilitating symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Endometriosis is a reproductive health condition that causes the tissue lining your uterus, called the endometrium, to grow in areas other than the inside of your uterus. It can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other organs, as well as the tissues lining the inside of your pelvis.
Just like the tissue inside your uterus, the tissue growing outside goes through different stages during your menstrual cycle. It thickens to prepare for a potential pregnancy and sheds if you don’t get pregnant. This causes bleeding within your pelvis and can lead to inflammation, scarring, and even blood blisters.
Every individual with endometriosis experiences the condition differently; some women have much milder symptoms than others or none at all.
The most prevalent symptom is pelvic pain, which tends to feel more severe than typical menstrual cramps. The condition can become more severe over time and may lead to worsening pain.
Other possible symptoms you might have with endometriosis include:
Since pelvic pain and other symptoms of endometriosis are also symptoms of other conditions, be sure to visit Georgia Obstetric and Gynecology to confirm your diagnosis of endometriosis and receive the proper treatment.
Endometriosis doesn’t have a cure, but there are plenty of available treatments to reduce the many symptoms of the condition. A few that might be suitable in your case are:
Hormone treatments like birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and contraceptive injections work by regulating your menstrual cycle, which can slow down the growth of the endometrium and reduce symptoms. Symptoms tend to come back when you stop using hormones. Additionally, hormones aren’t the best option if you’re trying to get pregnant.
Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen ease some of the inflammation and pain within your pelvis.
Surgical procedures can reduce some of the complications and symptoms of endometriosis. Using a laparoscope through a tiny incision in your navel, your provider can observe and remove growing endometrial tissue on organs and tissues where it doesn’t belong.
To find out more about endometriosis and the treatments to control its symptoms, book an appointment by phone or online at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology today.