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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue along the lining of your uterus grows outside of it, generally in the abdomen and pelvic area. This growth can be quite painful and may lead to heavy bleeding. Endometriosis is a common condition faced by many of the women we care for, and your dedicated provider is here to assist you in managing your symptoms.

How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

Your provider can diagnose endometriosis with several tests and exams, which may include pelvic imaging via MRI or ultrasound. The imaging provides a clearer picture of your internal condition. Your provider will keep you informed every step of the way.

How is Endometriosis Treated?

Treatment for endometriosis varies for each woman, depending on symptoms and personal preferences:

Pain Medications

Intense pelvic pain can interfere with daily activities. Pain medication may be one of the first recommendations from your provider to alleviate discomfort and help you return to normal activities.

Pain relievers your provider may suggest include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Hormone Treatment

Hormonal medications can help manage endometriosis symptoms and limit the growth of endometrial tissue. Changing hormone levels during your cycle can cause endometrial tissue to grow; hormone treatments can curb this growth and prevent new adhesions from forming.

Possible hormone treatments include:

  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists and antagonists
  • Progestin therapy
  • Aromatase inhibitors

Surgical Options

For women experiencing severe symptoms, surgical treatment may be advised. A minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure can remove the endometrial tissue outside your uterus and significantly reduce your pain.

[Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery]

Another surgical option is a hysterectomy, which entails the removal of the uterus and possibly the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Surgical treatments may make it difficult or impossible to become pregnant, so you may want to discuss your family-planning goals with your provider prior to scheduling surgery.

Schedule an Appointment With Your Provider to Discuss an Endometriosis Treatment Plan Today

You don’t have to face endometriosis alone. Your UWH of Michigan provider can assist in managing your symptoms and develop a treatment plan tailored for you. We are committed to supporting you through all of your reproductive healthcare needs. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers today.