Roughly one in 10 women has endometriosis and the painful symptoms that come with it. Despite often being misunderstood, endometriosis is treatable. At Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners and Decatur, Georgia, Lynette D. Stewart, MD, Wanda I. Cape, CNM, MPH, and the team can diagnose and treat endometriosis to improve your quality of life. They can also treat infertility associated with endometriosis. To learn more about the condition and find out if you have it, call Georgia Center for Female Health, or book an appointment online today.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects the way the inner lining of your uterus grows. Specifically, endometriosis causes the lining of your uterus to grow on the outside of your uterus instead of just on the inside. It can also grow on your Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other areas in your pelvis.
When you get your monthly period, your uterine lining thickens and sheds. The uterine lining growing outside of your uterus does the same thing. However, it can’t easily exit your body through your vagina like your normal uterine lining, so it becomes trapped inside your pelvis. This can irritate your tissues and cause growths, scar tissue, and adhesions between tissues and organs that aren’t supposed to stick together.
Diagnosing endometriosis can be difficult because the symptoms are similar to other pelvic conditions. It can also be difficult to find a treatment or management plan that works, and there is no known cure. The team at Georgia Center for Female Health is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating endometriosis and can work with you to find the best possible treatment plan.
Endometriosis is often incredibly painful for those who have it. It causes pain in your pelvis and other bothersome symptoms that can worsen with time. You might get:
Extreme and long-lasting pain from endometriosis can impact your physical and mental wellbeing. However, some cases of endometriosis, even severe ones, can come with little or no pain at all.
If you have endometriosis and get pregnant, your pregnancy might ease some of your symptoms. A hysterectomy can also ease the symptoms of endometriosis, but neither is a complete cure for the disease.
Treatments for endometriosis at Georgia Center for Female Health are personalized and aim to reduce your pain as much as possible. The team works with you to develop a treatment plan, keeping in mind your preferences about whether or not you want to get pregnant in the future. A few of your treatment options are:
Over-the-counter pain relievers can be effective in reducing endometriosis pain and cramping. The team might recommend them in conjunction with other treatments, like hormones.
Hormonal birth control can help relieve endometriosis pain because it affects your menstrual cycle and can give you lighter or shorter periods. The team might recommend an implanted device, a patch, or birth control pills.
Removing your uterus and ovaries via a hysterectomy can provide some relief from endometriosis pain. However, you will no longer be able to get pregnant with this approach. The team might recommend a similar surgery to remove all endometriosis tissue instead.
If you have symptoms of endometriosis, call Georgia Center for Female Health for an evaluation and expert treatment, or book an appointment online today.