Endometriosis is a common condition affecting millions of women worldwide each year. If you experience frequent pelvic pain during your menstrual cycle, it may be beneficial to speak with your doctor to see if endometriosis is the cause.
Our endometriosis specialists at The Women’s Health Clinic help you learn more about endometriosis and find a treatment plan that works for you. We happily answer any questions in a thorough, easy-to-understand way and are eager to help you in any way that we can.
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which the endometrium, a tissue that is inside of a woman’s uterus, grows outside of it. During your menstrual cycle, hormonal changes may cause the misplaced tissue to become inflamed and painful. Over time the tissue will grow, thicken and break down to become trapped in your pelvis.
This tissue trapped in your pelvis can cause issues such as:
- Severe period pain.
- Scar formation.
- Infertility issues.
Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis symptoms will vary. Some women have a mild case of endometriosis with severe pain, while others have severe cases of endometriosis with mild symptoms.
The most common symptom women report experiencing is pelvic pain. Other symptoms include:
- Pain during your period.
- Lower abdomen pain before or during your period.
- Cramps for a week or two around your period.
- Pain during intercourse.
- Discomfort during bowel movements.
In some cases of endometriosis, you may not experience any symptoms. Regular gynecological exams can monitor any changes, especially if you have two or more symptoms.
Treatment for Endometriosis
Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis, but there are methods you can use to manage the symptoms. Some treatment options include hormone therapy or hormonal contraceptives. Some women find relief simply by using over-the-counter pain medications.
If your hormonal treatments aren’t working, you may want to discuss the possibility of surgery with your doctor. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that removes the endometrial tissue to relieve more severe symptoms of endometriosis. As a last resort, your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy to remove the uterus and cervix. Your doctor may also remove the ovaries because they aid in creating estrogen, which causes the growth of endometrial tissue.
Speak With an Endometriosis Doctor in Metro Denver Today
If you would like to speak to one of our specialists about your symptoms or discuss options after an endometriosis diagnosis, we invite you to contact The Women’s Health Group at your nearest location to schedule an appointment today.