Have you been experiencing severe pelvic pain, especially during your menstrual period? It may be caused by endometriosis. This medical condition occurs when endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, grows outside of the uterus, affecting your ovaries, bowel or pelvic tissue. Like the endometrium in your uterus, this displaced tissue thickens and breaks down during your period, but instead of leaving the body, it continues to grow and cause pressure in your pelvic region. This condition can cause pain, cysts and even lead to infertility.
Treatment for Endometriosis
Often endometriosis can go undetected for years or be misdiagnosed as another reproductive issue. However, by visiting your gynecologist with your concern, it can be detected and treated. Endometriosis can be diagnosed through a pelvic exam, although sometimes an ultrasound or laparoscopic procedure is required. Once diagnosed, you can discuss the different treatment options with your gynecologist, including:
- Hormone therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery
Determining the right therapy will depend on the severity of your condition and other factors such as whether you are trying to conceive. Some women choose to avoid surgery and use medication options to control their condition. However, if you are trying to conceive, removal of some of the displaced endometrium may be necessary through minimally invasive surgical options.
Endometriosis affects an estimated six million women in the U.S., but there are options for treating this condition. If you have been experiencing pelvic pain during your period, when having intercourse or with bowel movements, contact your gynecologist to schedule a thorough pelvic examination to find out whether endometriosis is the cause of your pelvic pain.
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