Endometriosis is one of the most common, non-cancerous gynecologic conditions
The endometrium is the tissue that lines the uterus. When this tissue grows somewhere else in the body it is called endometriosis. These abnormal growths may cause mild-to-severe pelvic pain, especially during menstruation. Endometriosis may also be associated with infertility.
Some symptoms you should discuss with you physician:
- Frequent urination or burning sensation
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Pain or pressure different from menstrual cramps or during intercourse
- Soreness, itching, swelling, redness, sores or lumps in the genital area
Specialized treatment for conditions causing chronic and acute pelvic pain, such as endometriosis, is offered at the pelvic health center. Treatment for endometriosis can be either medical or surgical. Various oral and injectable hormones are available to help slow the growth of endometriosis. Although significant improvement results from initial treatment in some patients, others have recurring symptoms and persistent disease. Recent studies demonstrate that endometriosis can be managed equally well with laparoscopic removal.
Treatments for endometriosis include:
- Watchful waiting
- Pain medication
- Hormone therapy
- In some cases, hysterectomy is recommended