The Women's Center, PC
Gynecology & Urogynecologists located in Stockbridge, GA & Conyers, GA
Endometriosis is a painful gynecological condition that affects millions of women of childbearing age. Unfortunately, many women suffer from their symptoms before they get an accurate diagnosis. Taking a personalized approach to care, the team at The Women’s Center, PC, in Stockbridge and Conyers, Georgia, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. They offer both medical and surgical options, as well as treatments aimed at preserving fertility. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you, or request an appointment online.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Every month during your menstrual cycle, your uterus lining grows additional tissue in anticipation of pregnancy. When you don’t get pregnant, your body sheds this endometrial tissue through menstruation.
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which the endometrial tissue grows outside your uterus, such as on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer area of your uterus, or bowel.
Like the endometrium in your uterus, the tissue outside expands each month in tune with your menstrual cycle. However, your body is unable to shed the tissue. Over time, the excess endometrial tissue causes inflammation and scarring of your reproductive organs.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Pain is the most common endometriosis symptom. You may experience severe pain during your period that worsens over time.
Other symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Pain during intercourse
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Pain during a bowel movement or urination
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Irregular bleeding
- Constipation, diarrhea, or bloating
Endometriosis is commonly diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s. You may be at greater risk of developing the gynecological condition if it runs in your family.
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
When you visit The Women's Center with concerns about endometriosis, the team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to provide the most accurate diagnosis for you.
To diagnose endometriosis, they:
- Conduct a pelvic exam
- Perform imaging tests (ultrasound, MRI)
- Prescribe hormonal birth control to reduce your pelvic pain
- Prescribe gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists to stop periods
If your symptoms improve with these medications, then the team may be able to diagnose endometriosis.
However, the team may also recommend a diagnostic laparoscopy to confirm a diagnosis, and they can also remove some of the endometrial growths to alleviate your symptoms.
How is endometriosis treated?
The team at The Women's Center offers multiple medical therapies and minimally invasive surgical options to treat your endometriosis. They review all of your treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision about your care.
The Women's Center also provides treatments focused on fertility preservation. If you’re trying to get pregnant, they may prescribe GnRH, which temporarily puts you in menopause but also stops the growth of the endometrium.
After you stop taking GnRH, your periods resume and your chances of pregnancy increase.
For a personalized approach to your health from an experienced team, call The Women's Center, PC, or request an appointment online today.
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