Endometrial tissue normally lines the uterus. It’s called the endometrium. Each month, women who are still menstruating shed this lining. Some women have endometrial tissue that grows outside of the uterus. This condition, known as endometriosis , can be painful and it can interfere with fertility. Not every woman with endometriosis chooses treatment. This is a personal decision you can make with the guidance of your physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our women’s care specialists pride themselves on excellent patient education.
Deciding to get treated
Your physician will carefully evaluate your symptoms when helping you decide whether to seek treatment. Some women might not have problematic symptoms, while others experience the following:
- Bleeding between periods
- Digestive problems
The pain is often described as severe menstrual cramps. Some women may have pain during sex, painful bowel movements or chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis.
The digestive problems that can occur will typically worsen during periods. Diarrhea, constipation, nausea and bloating are all possible.
If your symptoms are difficult to manage, or are interfering with your quality of life, you’ll likely want to explore your treatment options. Treating endometriosis is important for women with moderate to severe symptoms, even if they aren’t trying to have children.
Choosing a treatment method
Inform your physician that you are not planning on having children, as this will affect your treatment options. Usually, physicians recommend hormonal birth control as a first treatment choice for women who aren’t trying for kids. Hormonal birth control is available as a pill, injection and intrauterine device.
Surgery is typically only recommended for women who do want to become pregnant, have severe complications or experience severe symptoms that don’t respond well to nonsurgical treatments. Your physician will help you decide whether to have a laparoscopic surgery or a hysterectomy.
Laparoscopic endometriosis surgery is minimally invasive. It involves removing endometrial growths and managing scar tissue .
A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed.
Women at all stages of life can find the compassionate care they need at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Our superior, patient-focused gynecological services include cutting-edge care of endometriosis. Call our nurse referral line at (702) 233-5300.
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