Endometriosis is a condition which occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (the endometrium) is present in other areas of the abdomen and pelvis. No one knows the cause of this condition, but it can affect up to 50% of pre-menopausal women. It can present with a wide variety of symptoms, but the most common complaint is heavy, painful periods. Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose without laparoscopic surgery to identify and treat affected areas. Fortunately, most women affected will not require surgery. Other options for management include symptomatic treatment of pain or hormonal medications. Untreated, endometriosis can contribute to infertility or cause pelvic adhesions (scar tissue to form.)
If you have pain of heavy bleeding associated with your periods, or are concerned about possible endometriosis, please contact our office to discuss further evaluation.