Endometriosis: What You Should Know

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Endometriosis is a medical disorder that affects many women. This condition occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus instead. The most common symptoms are painful and irregular menstrual cycles. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, endometriosis affects more than 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. Those living with this condition can experience a debilitating disruption to their lives during their periods. It is essential to find a qualified physician to help you minimize your discomfort and disruption.

Most women suffer from some cramping and discomfort during their menstrual cycles. However, endometriosis symptoms are much more severe. When cramps and pain keep you from going to work, going to school, hanging out with friends and loved ones, or simply getting out of bed, you need to let your physician know about your symptoms. Endometriosis can also cause sex to be painful, leading to concerns of infertility.

Endometriosis is not always easy to diagnose. Symptoms can vary widely between women, so many women feel as they suffer for months or years on end. There is a genetic tendency for endometriosis, which can help doctors diagnose the condition more quickly. A procedure known as laparoscopy is the only way to confirm endometriosis accurately.

Women who have endometriosis can become very concerned about their chances of becoming pregnant. While the ability to conceive may be more complicated, women should not give up hope of having a successful pregnancy. There are a few recommended treatments that are often used to treat endometriosis. Laparoscopic excision surgery can be performed to remove painful lesions, and hormone birth control is frequently prescribed to help thin the uterine tissue and lessen cramping.

If you are concerned with symptoms related to endometriosis, it is vital to choose a qualified medical practice with experience in this condition. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we can help treat your condition and manage your symptoms. We are currently accepting new patients, so call our practice today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to providing you with high-quality women’s health care.