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Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
There are many underlying issues that can cause pelvic pain. Women who suffer from fibroids, endometriosis, infections, scar tissue or other non-gynecologic problems find hope at the Women’s Specialists of Fayette. We are equipped with the finest doctors and top of the line equipment. We also may implement use of blood tests and ultrasounds which are done in the office. Our office is located within the Piedmont Fayette Hospital making outpatient procedures convenient. Generally we offer nonsurgical treatment options which may include natural products, modifications to the diet and/or prescribed medicinal/hormonal treatments. Occasionally surgical options may be necessary.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Now a very common disease, it is estimated that over 70 million females in the world are suffering with endometriosis. One of the most common symptoms of endometriosis is mild to severe pain in the pelvic area during your menstrual cycle. You may have bleeding between cycles and/or heavy bleeding during your cycle. Additionally, some patients experience lower back pain, pain during intercourse and pain when urinating or having a bowel movement. Other symptoms may include fatigue, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
Why do I have endometriosis?
Endometriosis happens when you have tissue development outside of your uterus rather than inside it. During the menstrual cycle, the tissue begins to break down, however, it cannot leave your body. This can cause scar tissue to form on the adjacent tissue. Your doctor at The Women’s Specialists of Fayette will carefully evaluate you and determine what may be causing it.
What are the risk factors for endometriosis?
Your risk of having endometriosis is higher if you:
- Started your first menstrual cycle earlier than normal
- Reached menopause later than normal
- Have short menstrual cycles
- Have a low body mass index
- Have estrogen levels that are higher than normal
- Have abnormalities in your uterus
- Consume alcohol
- Have family members with endometriosis
What problems can endometriosis cause?
In order to become pregnant, an egg must be released from an ovary and travel through a fallopian tube. It then must become fertilized by a sperm cell and will attach itself to the uterine wall in order to begin developing. Endometriosis may block the tube and keep the egg and sperm from joining. It can also damage the sperm or egg. Although the risks of infertility are there, it is still not impossible to become pregnant and many women who have endometriosis are able to successfully have children.
While the risk of developing ovarian cancer is very low, having endometriosis can raise the risk.
How can I manage endometriosis?
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, don’t worry. Your doctor will guide you and help you manage your symptoms. He/she may offer treatments such as:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers to ease menstrual pain
- Hormone therapy, such as birth control pills or vaginal rings, to help prevent the growth of endometrial tissue
- Laparoscopy to remove endometrial tissue, which is less invasive than traditional surgery
- Hysterectomy to remove your uterus if all other treatment options are unsuccessful
- Heating pad to relieve pain
- Warm baths
If you need treatment for endometriosis, please contact The Women's Specialists of Fayette.
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