What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when the inner uterus lining starts to grow outside of the uterus. Often, it grows behind the uterus, on the bowels, or on the bladder. It can cause spotting between periods, heavy periods, infertility, digestive problems and severe pain.
What are the symptoms?
Endometriosis most often occurs in women in their 30s and 40s, but usually begins to develop during the reproductive years. Sometimes, the condition has no symptoms. If you experience:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic lower abdominal intestinal pain
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Pain during bowel movements or while urinating
contact Dr. Sargon Bebla’s office to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis. It can also cause complications, including blocked fallopian tubes and scarring around your uterus, intestines or bladder.
How is it diagnosed?
Laparoscopic surgery is the only certain way to diagnose endometriosis. In some cases, Dr. Bebla will use this method to biopsy any endometriosis growths.* A discussion of your symptoms with Dr. Bebla, as well as a pelvic exam and ultrasound or MRI, will help determine if you have large cysts behind or inside your uterus, making a diagnosis possible without the biopsy.*
Endometriosis treatments in Modesto, California
You can’t cure endometriosis, but you can manage the symptoms. Talk to Dr. Bebla about what options are best for you. As long as you’re not trying to get pregnant, you may choose hormonal birth control, which reduces pain and bleeding. For those trying to have a baby, other hormonal medications and pain medications can treat the condition. In severe cases of endometriosis, you might need surgery to remove the growths.* Usually, this is a last resort when other treatments have been exhausted or you’re having trouble getting pregnant. A full hysterectomy is an option, but since it involves removal of the uterus, it’s only an option if you don’t want to preserve your fertility.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee