An estimated one out of every ten women is affected by endometriosis at some point during her reproductive years. If you’re suffering from the condition and you live in the greater Miami area, Dr. Alejandra Angel and Dr. Arin Saldana at My OB/GYN Specialists can help you find relief from the discomfort and inconvenience of endometriosis. Call or book online to schedule an appointment and learn about your available treatment options today.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that lines the interior of the uterus begins to grow outside of the uterus. Endometrial tissue is most commonly found in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the tissue that lines the pelvis. In some rare cases, endometrial tissue is found in other areas of the body, including the lungs.
The displaced endometrial tissue performs just like the tissues located within your uterus. It thickens as you move through your menstrual cycle, breaking down and bleeding during menstruation. Because the displaced tissue cannot exit the body in the same way as your normal endometrial tissue, it becomes trapped and creates health problems.
The most common symptom of endometriosis is a pelvic pain. Additional symptoms include:
Because these symptoms are also associated with many other health conditions, it’s important to discuss with your physician if you experience any of these issues.
Diagnosis begins with a discussion of your symptoms and your monthly cycle. Your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists then performs a pelvic exam, which allows her to check your pelvic area for abnormalities.
Your doctor may also perform an ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to develop an image of your internal organs. An ultrasound can be completed using an external device or an internal transducer. The process is quick and painless.
In some cases, a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy is necessary to give a more in-depth view of your reproductive organs. Laparoscopy requires a very small incision, is done using general anesthesia, and is virtually painless.
Your treatment options depend on the severity of your symptoms and your plans to become pregnant in the future. Over-the-counter medication can help reduce pain.
Some women find relief through hormone therapy, and use hormonal birth control options to help regulate hormonal balance or make periods stop altogether. Other drugs work by lowering the amount of estrogen your body creates.
Minimally invasive surgery can remove displaced endometrial tissue, which relieves pressure on nearby organs. These surgeries are done laparoscopically when possible.
In certain cases, endometriosis doesn’t respond to medical management and surgery becomes the best possible option. A hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of your uterus, cervix, and possible ovaries if indicated, is an effective treatment option. This approach, however, prevents future pregnancy and should only be considered after other options have failed and fertility is no longer desired.
For more information and evaluation schedule an appointment at My OB/GYN Specialists today.