What is endometriosis? Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) starts to grow outside of the uterus.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) starts to grow outside of the uterus. Often, it grows behind the uterus, on the bowels, or on the bladder. It can cause spotting between periods, heavy periods, infertility, digestive problems and severe pain, particularly with intercourse.
What are the symptoms?
Endometriosis most often occurs in women in their 30s and 40s, but usually begins to develop during the reproductive years, even in the teens. Sometimes, the condition has no symptoms. If you experience:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic lower abdominal intestinal pain
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Pain during bowel movements or while urinating
contact Dr. Lawrence Eisenhauer’s office to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis. If undiagnosed early, over time it can also cause complications, including blocked fallopian tubes and scarring around your uterus, intestines or bladder. It is good to be evaluated EARLY!
How is it diagnosed?
Laparoscopic surgery is the only certain way to diagnose endometriosis. In some cases, Dr. Eisenhauer will use this method to biopsy any endometriosis growths. A discussion of your symptoms with Dr. Eisenhauer, as well as a pelvic exam and ultrasound or MRI, will help determine if you have large cysts behind or inside your uterus, making a diagnosis possible without the biopsy.
Endometriosis treatments in Encinitas, California
You can’t cure endometriosis, but you can manage the symptoms. Talk to Dr. Eisenhauer about what options are best for you. As long as you’re not trying to become pregnant, you may choose hormonal birth control, which reduces pain and bleeding.* For those trying to conceive, other hormonal medications and pain medications can treat the condition.* In severe cases of endometriosis, you might need surgery to remove the growths.* Usually, this is a last resort when other treatments have been exhausted or you’re having trouble getting pregnant. Avoiding a full hysterectomy is a goal, but since it involves the removal of the uterus, it’s only an option if you don’t want to preserve your fertility.