What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue in the lining of your uterus, known as the endometrium, begins growing outside of the uterus.
This tissue often spreads to nearby organs and other areas of your body. It also continues to function like it normally does in your uterus, thickening and breaking down each month with your period.
However, because the tissue isn’t in the uterus, it has no way to escape your body, leading to a variety of symptoms that can be severe enough to interfere with your quality of life.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
You can have endometriosis without experiencing any symptoms. If excess tissue does trigger symptoms, they may include:
- Pelvic pain
- Painful sex
- Abnormal bleeding
- Difficulties during urination or bowel movements
When symptoms begin to worsen and become disruptive to your life, don’t delay an evaluation with the team at Reflections OB/GYN.
What technologies diagnose endometriosis?
The Reflections OB/GYN office is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies to confirm your symptoms related to endometriosis. Initially, your provider reviews your personal and family medical history and discusses the severity of your symptoms.
The team also evaluates your uterus and surrounding organs during a pelvic exam to identify areas of abnormal tissue growth. If a pelvic exam isn’t enough to confirm endometriosis, you may need an imaging test, like an ultrasound, to get a closer look at your uterus.
Reflections OB/GYN also may suggest the latest in medical management or if that fails, he may offer minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures to thoroughly evaluate the locations of excess tissue growth. This procedure involves a fiberoptic scope with an attached camera that Dr. Sargent inserts in through a small incision to view the inner structures. During a laparoscopy, he may also opt to take a sample of tissue for further testing.
What does the treatment for endometriosis depend on?
Your treatment plan for endometriosis depends on the severity of your condition and your overall health. Many women find success using hormonal birth control, which can slow down the growth of endometrial tissue.
Your Reflections OB/GYN provider may recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers to keep you comfortable.
If endometriosis-related symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your usual activities, Dr. Sargent may suggest using a laparoscopic procedure to remove excess tissue and resolve your symptoms for the long-term.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for endometriosis symptoms, call Reflections OB/GYN or request an appointment online now.