Endometriosis is a condition that causes the endometrial tissue that usually lines the uterus to grow outside of the uterus. The tissue acts like it usually would during menstruation, but it can’t exit the body.
The most common symptom of endometriosis is severe pelvic pain during your menstrual cycle. The condition may also cause pain during intercourse and urination.
Endometriosis is a treatable condition that causes a great deal of pain for many women, impairs fertility, and slightly increases your risk for cancer.
The first step toward diagnosis is a discussion about your medical history and the symptoms you experience. Your gynecologist then performs a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, to look for abnormalities.
A pelvic exam usually doesn’t uncover endometriosis, so your doctor may need to verify the condition with laparoscopy. During the surgical procedure, your surgeon inserts a tiny camera through your abdomen to look for displaced endometrial tissues.
The gynecologic experts at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare specialize in endometriosis treatment, which usually involves medication as the first line of treatment and surgery when necessary.
If you have or suspect endometriosis, book an appointment with one of the qualified surgeons at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare to discuss your options by calling or clicking the “book now” button.