Some women with endometriosis won’t experience any symptoms, while others have extreme pelvic pain. With or without symptoms, they all face another risk: Endometriosis is one of the top causes of infertility. Dele Ogunleye, MD, FACOG, and Lisa Emm, MD, FACOG, and the medical team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare work closely with each woman, helping them get relief from endometrial pain and providing treatment that improves their fertility. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking form or call the office in Bloomington, Illinois.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, called the endometrium, starts to grow outside the uterine cavity. Patches of endometriosis most often develop on the outer wall of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. It can also grow on the connective tissues supporting your uterus and, in rare cases, on your bladder or bowel.
Inside the uterus, the endometrium responds to your monthly hormone cycles. It thickens to nurture an embryo, then sheds in the form of your monthly period if you don’t become pregnant.
The endometrial tissue outside your uterus goes through the same monthly changes, thickening, breaking down, and bleeding. But the bleeding stays trapped inside your pelvis. As a result, inflammation and scar tissue forms, causing the primary symptom of endometriosis: Pain.
Endometriosis causes symptoms such as:
Some women also have abnormal bleeding, like heavy or long periods.
Pelvic pain may feel like a sharp pain, a nagging ache, or more like pressure than pain. When it persists, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right in your reproductive, urinary, or digestive tracts.
In addition to endometriosis, many other gynecologic conditions can cause pelvic pain. Some of the most common include uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ovarian cysts. That’s why evaluation for any type of pelvic pain is important to have at Advanced Women’s Healthcare, so you receive the correct treatment to relieve your pain.
Your doctor at Advanced Women’s Healthcare recommends customized treatment based on the severity of your symptoms, the extent of your endometriosis, and your plans for getting pregnant now or in the future.
Several hormone-based medications are available to treat endometriosis, including Lupron Depot®, that reduces your pain and shrinks patches of endometriosis. Other hormonal medicines can stop your period or make them lighter and help slow the growth of endometriosis.
The only way to remove the existing patches of endometriosis is with minimally invasive surgery. The team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare are experts in performing minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® surgery system. If your pain is severe and you’re sure you don’t want to have more children, hysterectomy may be an option.
If you have ongoing pelvic pain that endometriosis may be the cause of, call Advanced Women’s Healthcare or book an appointment online.