Endometriosis occurs when glandular tissue lining of the uterus implants on adjacent tissues and organs. Normal endometrial tissue breaks down and flows from your uterus during your menstrual cycle. In endometriosis that flow is backwards, traveling out of the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity. It then can implant and grow inside causing inflammation, scarring, and pain.
Abnormal endometrial tissue that grows outside of your uterus continues to respond to hormone cycling, sometimes causing monthly waxing and waning of pain.
Endometriosis typically affects the tissues that line your pelvis, fallopian tubes, and ovaries but it can also travel far and wide in the body. This disorder causes moderate to severe pain, especially during your menstrual cycle, and may cause problems with fertility if left untreated.
Although the cause of endometriosis remains unknown, doctors believe that several factors contribute to its formation including:
Endometriosis may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue during your menstrual cycle and pain in your pelvis, lower back, and abdomen that can occur anytime. The pain of menstrual cramps ranges from mild to severe. However, excessive menstrual pain alone doesn’t mean you have this disease.
Other symptoms of endometriosis include the following:
Endometriosis has symptoms similar to other conditions, like pelvic inflammatory disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Confirming the cause of your symptoms requires a comprehensive medical assessment. After your diagnosis, a personalized course of treatment can begin.
The physicians at Center for Women’s Health commonly perform laparoscopy to examine your internal organs. During this procedure, we make a small incision in your belly button and 2 other small incisions in your lower abdomen. We then insert a lighted tube to allow us to determine the location and severity of your endometriosis and begin treatment.
Your doctor at the Center for Women’s Health works closely with you to diagnose your endometriosis and find the best narcotic treatment options to relieve your symptoms. We endeavor to help you manage your pain in the safest ways.
To learn more about treatment options for endometriosis, call or schedule an appointment to receive experienced and compassionate care from the physicians at the Center for Women’s Health.
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