The lining of your uterus sheds each month with your period. If it grows outside of your uterus, a condition called endometriosis, it can cause pain, infertility, and other complications. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Heather Dixon, DO, and their skilled team of OB/GYNs specialize in diagnosing and treating endometriosis using the latest strategies. To find out if endometriosis is causing your pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, or other symptoms, book an appointment by phone or online at Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic today.
Endometriosis, a disorder causing the lining within your uterus to grow outside of it, can cause pain and other severe symptoms. In many cases, the tissue grows on other parts of your reproductive system, like your ovaries or fallopian tubes. In rare instances, the tissue grows onto other organs nearby.
Just like the lining of your uterus, the tissue growing outside your uterus changes throughout the course of your menstrual cycle. During your period, it becomes thicker and begins to break down as it prepares to shed. However, it has nowhere to go and gets trapped in your body. It can irritate the surrounding tissues and cause scar tissue and cysts to form.
The pain of endometriosis often appears or worsens during your period. Without treatment, you might develop infertility.
There is a wide variety of symptoms associated with endometriosis. Your symptoms can range from mild and hardly noticeable to severe. Interestingly, the severity of your symptoms might not indicate the severity of the condition — you can have very severe symptoms during the early stages of endometriosis and vice versa.
Common symptoms associated with endometriosis include:
Even if you don’t have any symptoms or only have a few, Dr. Dixon can identify signs of endometriosis during your routine women’s wellness exams at Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic.
Dr. Dixon considers many factors while planning your treatment for endometriosis. She considers the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, and whether or not you want to get pregnant in the future. Your endometriosis treatment plan might include:
Medications can help reduce your pain from endometriosis and improve your quality of life.
Taking supplemental hormones can help slow the growth of your endometrial tissue and prevent your pain from worsening with each menstrual cycle.
There are several surgical treatment options for endometriosis. Dr. Dixon might use laparoscopy, a surgery involving a slender camera and small tools, to remove endometrial tissue from areas outside your uterus.
To explore available treatments for endometriosis and its symptoms, call Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic or book an appointment online today.