Around 11% of American women have endometriosis, a condition that causes endometrial tissue to grow outside of the uterus. Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology, with two locations in the Medical District of Fort Worth, Texas, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis to improve your health and protect your fertility. If you’re concerned about endometriosis, call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or make an appointment online today.
Endometriosis is a condition that causes endometrial tissue — the substance that lines your uterus every month — to grow outside of your womb. In most cases, endometriosis develops on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the outside of your uterus. However, it can develop anywhere in your body.
Endometriosis causes disruptive symptoms, including pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, and digestive problems. For example, you may have:
You should never ignore abnormal bleeding or pain. When left untreated, endometriosis can lead to fertility problems.
Many factors may contribute to endometriosis, although medical researchers haven’t identified a specific cause of the condition. For example, your genetics and family medical history contribute to your chances of getting endometriosis. Your hormones may also factor into your risk. Additionally, autoimmune problems may fail to find and destroy endometrial tissue that forms outside of your uterus.
The gynecologists at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology diagnose endometriosis with thorough exams and testing. Your doctor begins with a pelvic exam and checks for scars or other abnormalities. They may order blood work to check for signs of other conditions that could cause your symptoms.
Your doctor may also order imaging tests, including ultrasounds and MRIs. In some cases, they may recommend a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure to examine your pelvic area for signs of displaced endometrium or scarring.
Unfortunately, there’s no known cure for endometriosis, but your doctor can provide treatments to manage your symptoms and restore your quality of life. In most cases, your doctor prescribes hormonal birth control to regulate your periods and lessen your bleeding and pain.
If your symptoms are severe, your doctor might suggest surgery to remove the patches of endometrial tissue. They may also recommend a hysterectomy if other options don’t resolve your symptoms.
Your doctor may also recommend pain medicine and complementary therapies such as acupuncture and supplements to reduce your pain and other symptoms.
If you’re concerned about endometriosis, call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and customized treatment to manage your pain and other symptoms.