Around 10% of women between the ages of 15-49 live with painful endometriosis. At VNC RealHealth in Pearsall, Texas, Valentine C. Ugwu, MD, FACOG, MBA, offers compassionate, expert diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis. If you suffer from pelvic pain and abnormally heavy periods, call VNC RealHealth or schedule an appointment online today.
Endometriosis is a painful gynecological condition where your endometrium — the tissue that lines your uterus each month — grows outside of your womb. In most cases, the tissue develops on your other pelvic organs, including your:
Medical researchers and doctors haven’t identified a specific cause of endometriosis. However, they understand that your hormones and immune system contribute to the condition. Your genetics may also play a role as your chances of developing endometriosis are higher if your mother or another close family member suffered from the disease.
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain. You may have excruciating menstrual cramps or chronic pain in your lower back and pelvic region. Some women experience pain during sex or painful urination or bowel movements while menstruating.
Other common symptoms of endometriosis include:
If you notice any signs of endometriosis, it’s critical to talk to Dr. Ugwu and get the treatment you need. When left untreated, endometriosis can lead to infertility by blocking your fallopian tubes or damaging your ovaries. Additionally, the endometrium can cause scar tissue, which is not only painful but can also interfere with your fertility.
Dr. Ugwu diagnoses endometriosis with a pelvic exam and diagnostic imaging. During your pelvic exam, he feels for abnormalities in your pelvic area and asks about your symptoms. He may order blood work to gather more information about your health. If necessary, he may use an ultrasound or MRI to examine your pelvic organs for signs of endometriosis.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for endometriosis, but Dr. Ugwu offers customized treatments to reduce your symptoms and reduce the growth of endometrial lining outside of your uterus. He may prescribe medicine such as a hormonal birth control pill or a gonadotropin-releasing hormone to limit your body’s production of estrogen. Some patients may benefit from an intrauterine device (IUD).
If you’re concerned about endometriosis, call VNC RealHealth or schedule an appointment online today.