This is Dr. Lisa Vigue – Let’s talk about Endometriosis.
Do you suffer from chronic pelvic pain? Infertility? Pain with intercourse?
These are just some of the symptoms or problems you may be experiencing if you have endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disease where the “Endometrium”, the endometrial glands and stroma, which is normally inside the uterus, grows on areas outside of the uterus. These endometrial implants can grow on the peritoneum, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel or other areas. Up to 10% of reproductive age women have endometriosis according to the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. When endometriosis grows it causes inflammation resulting in chronic pain and scar tissue developing in the abdomen and pelvis. There are four stages of endometriosis: Stage 1 – Minimal, Stage 2 – Mild, Stage 3 – Moderate and Stage 4 – Severe. The stages of endometriosis can be determined during a minimally invasive surgery called a laparoscopy. This is a surgery where our doctors use a small camera to evaluate the amount and depth of endometrial implants or growths to determine the stage. There are several treatment options for our patients who suffer from endometriosis such as pain medications like Ibuprofen, hormonal therapies like birth control pills, patches, implants, rings, Depo Lupron or IUDs. For those patients with fertility issues surgical removal of endometriosis or scar tissue may be helpful and for those no longer desiring future pregnancies there are options such as hysterectomy.
If you think you are suffering from symptoms of Endometriosis call us today at 515-288-3287 and let’s explore what options are right for you.
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