Endometriosis can be a debilitating condition, causing pain, irregular uterine bleeding, and infertility. It affects about 1 out of every 10 women in the United States. At the office of Richard R. Ondrizek, MD, in Burleson, Texas, a treatment path is designed to manage symptoms, overcome infertility, and improve your quality of life. Call the office or schedule an appointment online if you suspect endometriosis. The team will help you overcome its symptoms with compassion, care, and trust.
When the cells that make up the lining of your uterus grow outside of this organ, the doctor diagnoses endometriosis. Endometriosis can occur in or around other reproductive organs such as your ovaries and Fallopian tubes and sometimes even on your bladder, vagina, and cervix. In the rarest of cases, endometriosis can spread to the lungs and diaphragm.
This abnormal tissue causes problems during your monthly cycle. It still acts as if it were the lining of your uterus and sheds and bleeds monthly, causing complications affecting organ function as well as heavy menstrual bleeding. Sometimes, the excess tissue and blood can’t exit your body efficiently, resulting in painful inflammation.
Endometriosis can affect women at any point during their reproductive years. Even after menopause, women may struggle with scar tissue or adhesions due to the condition.
Endometriosis doesn’t always cause symptoms. But the following can indicate endometriosis:
If you notice these symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Ondrizek to determine the cause. Many issues with your pelvic area can be the cause, not just endometriosis.
If Dr. Ondrizek determines that you have endometriosis, he emphasizes managing your symptoms. Endometriosis doesn’t have a cure. Pain medication can help reduce your discomfort in the short-term. He may recommend hormone therapy to ease or eliminate your menstrual cycle, reduce bleeding, and easing pain and inflammation.
You may benefit from minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to remove patches of endometriosis. Removal of the errant endometrial tissue can also make it so you can go on to have a healthy pregnancy, if that’s a goal.
Dr. Ondrizek does everything possible to manage your endometriosis with conservative means. However, sometimes the only course of action for a severe case of endometriosis is a hysterectomy. Talk to him about your particular condition and treatment options.
Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis by setting up an appointment with Richard R. Ondrizek, MD. Call the office today or book your appointment online.