According to recent research in America, results have shown that approximately 11% of women aged between 15 and 44 years have endometriosis. Endometriosis is a gynecological problem that can affect fertility in women and is very painful. Endometriosis in Boynton Beach is managed and treated by a well experienced specialist who is compassionate in managing gynecological conditions.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a type of gynecological disorder where the endometrial or uterine lining grows outside the uterus. Normally the endometrium grows and thickens every month during the menstrual cycle to prepare the uterus for any potential pregnancy. Hence, if pregnancy does not occur, the endometrium sloughs off and causes bleeding in the menstrual cycle.
In endometriosis, the endometrium begins to thicken and eventually sloughs off outside the uterus. Endometriosis may occur in areas inside the pelvis like fallopian tubes, ovaries, and your pelvis’s lining. The displaced endometrial tissue that is formed may cause some irritation and inflammation. Sometimes endometriosis may result in adhesions and scar tissue, making the tissues and organs in the pelvis stick together. It can also be a cause of infertility.
What are some of the symptoms of endometriosis?
Pain in the pelvic area is the primary symptom of endometriosis. However, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, dyspareunia, fertility issues, chronic pelvic pain, painful periods, cramping, heavy menstrual periods, or bleeding between periods are also symptoms of endometriosis. It is also possible for a woman to have endometriosis and still not experience any pain. In this case, the woman will know that they have endometriosis when they have fertility problems.
What causes endometriosis?
This condition’s specific cause is unknown but may be due to several factors such as genetics, changes in cells caused by estrogen, and uterine abnormalities. Similarly, retrograde menstruation and pelvic surgeries like cesarean section and hysterectomy are also causes of endometriosis. Additionally, you might be at risk of developing endometriosis if you have never given birth or are underweight. In case you reach menopause very early, or you received your menses at an early age, you are also at risk of having endometriosis.
How is endometriosis treated?
The treatment option offered to you by the health care team at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialist aims to provide a solution to the condition and meet your need to have children and live free from pain. In most cases, over-the-counter drugs are prescribed to help alleviate pain. Hormone therapy, which includes the use of contraceptives, may also be recommended. Traditional surgery may also be performed, which involves removing the endometrial tissue while preserving the ovaries and uterus.
Finally, a total hysterectomy may also be performed to treat endometriosis and may involve removing the cervix, uterus, and ovaries. However, hysterectomy is a treatment method used last when all the above treatment options fail, especially if your main goal for seeking endometriosis treatment is to regain fertility and have children.
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis and are afraid of developing some fertility problems, contact MyDoc Women’s health specialists and receive your treatment today. Various treatment options, such as hormonal therapy, traditional surgery, and total hysterectomy, are available to meet your individual goal. Some pain relievers are also prescribed to manage pain, which is a major symptom of endometriosis.