As many as one out of every 10 women of reproductive age experiences the potentially debilitating condition of endometriosis. At Dekalb Women's Specialists in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, the team can help you find a treatment path and manage your symptoms. Improve your quality of life and find a resolution to painful, disruptive bleeding, cramping, and painful intercourse. Set up an appointment at Dekalb Women’s Specialists online or by phone.
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which the inner uterine lining, called the endometrium, starts to grow outside of the uterus. This endometrial tissue might appear on the bowels or bladder, on the outside of the uterus, and on other reproductive organs.
The errant endometrial tissue still goes through the same cycle as the tissue within your uterus – it sloughs off and results in menstruation each month. But, unlike properly situated uterine tissue, it doesn’t have a clear exit. As a result, you may experience inflammation and develop scar tissue around your uterus, intestines, or bladder.
Women most commonly get a diagnosis in their 30s and 40s, but may have disruptive symptoms for years prior. Other women with endometriosis experience very mild symptoms or none at all.
Signs that you may have endometriosis include:
Endometriosis can also make it hard for you to get pregnant. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Dekalb Women’s Specialists to set up a diagnostic exam.
When you come in with symptoms that suggest endometriosis, your doctor may conduct a pelvic exam to feel for unusual tissue and obtain an ultrasound or MRI to rule out ovarian cysts.
The only way to confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis is minimally invasive surgery to find the misplaced uterine tissue. If endometriosis is found, the surgeon may also remove it using the precision of the da VinciⓇ Surgical System.
Endometriosis cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed. If you’re not trying to get pregnant, you may opt for hormonal birth control, which can reduce pain and bleeding.
For women who are trying to add to their family, other hormonal medications and pain medications can ease symptoms.
Surgical removal of tissue can restore fertility and relieve severe endometriosis symptoms, but it doesn’t prevent the tissue from growing back over time.
If you have symptoms that suggest endometriosis, call Dekalb Women’s Specialists or book an appointment online for a thorough evaluation.