If you are one of the approximately one in ten women who suffer from endometriosis, you may be familiar with the constant cycle of pain, abnormal bleeding, or infertility struggles that plague many women with the condition.
For many years, endometriosis was understudied and under-diagnosed. Today, you can seek a diagnosis and treatment for this common condition from Dr. Robert Farnam at the Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center, located in beautiful El Paso, Texas. Dr. Farnam provides expert care and minimally invasive options for treating endometriosis patients.
What causes endometriosis?
Most women of reproductive age have a regular menstrual cycle, which includes buildup of the endometrial lining of the uterus. When there is no conception, this lining sloughs off during your period. For some women, tissue that mimics endometrial tissue can grow outside the uterus, such as on and around the uterine cavity, on the surface of the ovaries or fallopian tubes, or on the bowels or bladder.
Certain demographics of women are more likely to be at risk for endometriosis. Your risk is increased if you:
- Are a white woman
- Have a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with endometriosis
- Are giving or gave birth for the first time after age 30
- Have what a medical professional would describe as an “abnormal” uterus
If any of these higher levels of risk apply to you, and you have symptoms associated with endometriosis, Dr. Farnam can help rule this condition in or out as a cause.
Side effects of endometriosis
The rogue endometrial tissue can cause adhesions, and even spread to other parts of the body and grow around other tissues. The tissue has no way to leave the body, and so it stays and continues to grow and bind to the tissues around it.
Common symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, urination, bowel movements or sexual interaction; constipation or diarrhea; fatigue and / or heavy or irregular menstrual periods. Women with endometriosis may also find themselves having difficulty conceiving.
Treatments for endometriosis
While over the counter medications are often prescribed to treat the pain and bloating associated with endometriosis, they don’t address the cause. Hormone medications like certain kinds of hormonal birth control can slow the growth of endometrial tissue, but won’t correct existing damage.
At Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Farnam offers minimally invasive options like laparoscopic laser excision to treat endometriosis. This laser surgery takes advantage of advanced techniques to remove abnormal endometrial tissue from the pelvic area.
This safe procedure can be performed in our office in El Paso, Texas, to help relieve pain and other symptoms. It may also be used as part of a treatment plan to restore or enhance fertility. This procedure may help you become pregnant.
To learn more about endometriosis treatment options, call our office at 915-229-5204.