Approximately 11% of women of reproductive age in the United States suffer from endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that makes up the lining of the uterus grows outside of your womb. At The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, the expert team of OB/GYNs offer diagnosis and treatment of this painful and fertility-threatening condition to women in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, and Staten Island, New York. If you have the symptoms of endometriosis, call one of the offices or book an appointment online for evaluation and treatment.
Endometriosis describes the condition in which tissue from your uterine lining grows outside of this organ. The tissue may be found on other reproductive organs, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes, as well as the:
In rare cases, endometriosis can show up on the brain, lungs, and skin.
With endometriosis, you may experience bleeding or spotting between periods, infertility, and possible digestive problems. Pain-related symptoms of endometriosis include:
These symptoms can range in intensity from mild to severe. The endometrial tissue causes pain because it still acts just like the tissue inside your uterus, attempting to shed and bleed each month. When it grows outside your womb, however, the blood and tissue doesn’t have an easy exit outside your body and can cause inflammation, scar tissue, and blockages.
Endometriosis can be treated, but not cured. Even if growth is controlled or tissue removed, it can always return.
Medications, such as hormonal birth control, can help reduce menstrual bleeding and make endometrial symptoms more tolerable. This is not an option as treatment if you want to get pregnant, however.
For women who are trying to get pregnant, the doctors may recommend a gonadotropin-releasing agonist, which puts you into temporary menopause and controls the growth of endometriosis for a while. When you go off the medication and your menstrual cycle returns, it’s often easier to get pregnant.
For severe cases of endometriosis, surgery may be required to remove patches of the irregular tissue. The surgery is minimally invasive, performed laparoscopically, and is designed to preserve your reproductive organs. Many women are able to get pregnant following surgery to remove the tissue.
If you have symptoms of endometriosis, contact The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group for an appointment. Call one of the offices, or make an appointment using the online tool.