Endometriosis is an often misunderstood condition that causes tissue similar to the inner lining of the uterus to grow outside of the uterus. This can be a painful, serious condition with a significant impact on your health and well-being. It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms of endometriosis so you can get prompt treatment.
Dr. Daniel S. Kushner is a skilled and compassionate OB/GYN who has many years of experience treating patients with endometriosis. At his medical offices in White Plains and Queens, New York, Dr. Kushner and his friendly and skilled staff provide a full range of OB/GYN services to keep you healthy and feeling great.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a medical condition that causes endometrial-like tissue to grow in other areas of your body outside of your uterus, usually in your pelvic area. The tissue can be found growing in your vagina, vulva, bladder, bowels, or rectum. In rarer cases, the tissue can be found in your skin, lungs, and brain.
What you should know about endometriosis
Endometriosis is an often misunderstood condition, and many women don’t know its signs and symptoms. If you experience ongoing pelvic pain or anything unusual during your periods, talk to your doctor so you can be screened for endometriosis or other conditions.
The symptoms of endometriosis can vary between being mild to being quite severe. You may notice:
- Very heavy periods
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic pain
- Spotting between periods
- Digestive issues
- Pain during intercourse
However, some women with endometriosis don’t experience any significant symptoms.
Many people associate endometriosis with infertility; however, about 30%-50% of women with endometriosis have problems getting pregnant. Many women with endometriosis can conceive without issue. Women who have infertility issues related to endometriosis often can get pregnant once they receive treatment for the condition.
Although there isn’t a cure for endometriosis, a number of treatments can relieve the symptoms. These include over-the-counter and prescription pain medications to address discomfort as well as hormone therapy.
For women who are experiencing intense pain or fertility issues, Dr. Kushner might recommend surgery to remove the abnormally growing tissue that is causing problems. The surgical procedures used to address endometriosis include ablation and laparoscopic laser incision.
After discussing your symptoms, reviewing your medical history, and completing a full examination, Dr. Kushner recommends the treatment option that’s best for addressing your condition and your symptoms. He provides full support along the way, following your progress and the effectiveness of the treatment to ensure you get relief.
Though endometriosis can be a confusing and scary diagnosis, the right medical support can relieve your symptoms and ease your concerns. To discuss endometriosis, or other OB/GYN concerns, call one of our convenient offices, or use our online booking system to request an appointment.