Endometriosis is a painful condition that causes uterine tissue to grow outside of the uterus. If you’re experiencing irregular menstrual cycles, cramping, or excessive bleeding, visit the Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami for a personalized health assessment. Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon offer effective treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, to help women reverse endometriosis. Book a consultation online or call today to schedule a visit.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects the female reproductive organs, where tissue that usually grows in the endometrium, the inner layer of tissue and glands in the uterus, starts growing on the outside of the uterus.
It can spread to other organs in the body, but the abnormal tissue is usually present in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Since the body doesn't have a way to shed this tissue — which it would typically do in a menstrual cycle — it can create pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
If the tissue does not dissolve on its own or continues to grow, it can create scar tissue and irritation. Without treatment, endometriosis can cause extreme disruptions in your menstrual cycle and major fertility issues.
Some women with endometriosis may experience a range of symptoms, while other women may not notice any symptoms at all. If you do have the condition, you may suffer from:
Endometriosis might also cause pain that tends to be worse right before your period, or it can cause abnormal bleeding between your periods.
Several factors can influence your risk for endometriosis. Women who have never given birth or who started their periods at an early age are more likely to develop the condition. Other risk factors include having short menstrual cycles, a low body mass index, or a family history of endometriosis.
If your physician determines you are at risk for endometriosis, you can benefit from early intervention to prevent future complications.
Endometriosis is treatable with the right interventions, which usually include medication, surgery, hormone treatment, or a combination of methods.
Pain medication can relieve uncomfortable symptoms and reduce inflammation, while hormone therapy can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and slow the growth of endometrial tissue.
Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness also offers minimally invasive surgery, where your physician can painlessly and easily remove abnormal endometrial tissue. In severe cases, you might also benefit from a full hysterectomy.
To learn about your options for endometriosis treatment, contact Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness today by calling or booking a consultation online.