At North Scottsdale Women's Care, we treat endometriosis. Endometriosis can be incredibly painful. If you or someone you love, suspect you may have it, call and schedule an appointment with us, so we can give you the best treatment possible!
Endometriosis is a chronic medical condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. This tissue, called endometrial implants, can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or other pelvic structures. It responds to hormonal changes in the same way as the uterine lining, shedding and bleeding during each menstrual cycle. This can lead to inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions).
The symptoms of endometriosis can vary but often include pelvic pain (typically during menstruation but not limited to it), heavy menstrual bleeding, painful intercourse, chronic lower pain, digestive issues, and fertility problems. Some individuals with endometriosis may also experience fatigue and painful bowel movements during menstruation.
While there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are various treatment options available to manage its symptoms. These may include pain medication, hormonal therapy (such as birth control pills or gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists), lifestyle modifications, and in some cases, surgery to remove endometrial implants and scar tissue. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of symptoms and the individual's fertility goals.
Yes, endometriosis can affect fertility, but the degree varies. Some with mild endometriosis can conceive naturally, while others may face challenges. Treatments like IVF or laparoscopic surgery can help. Early diagnosis and treatment may also preserve fertility.
If you have symptoms of endometriosis, it's important to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan can improve symptoms and quality of life.