Do you have frequent pelvic pain? pain worse with your period? pain with intercourse? Endometriosis is a common gynecologic condition affecting women of childbearing age.
My job is to the find the cause of that pain. Physical exam, blood work and vaginal cultures may all be normal . . .and yet the pain continues. Pain control and oral contraceptives are the mainstay to help with symptoms. If that fails, or the patient is unsuccessfully trying to conceive, a surgery by an ob/gyn surgeon is suggested. Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial (uterine lining tissue) is found OUTSIDE the uterus, in the abdominal cavity.
There are other hormonal treatments that may help decrease pain, but may cause hot flashes and thin bones.
Our goal is to control pain and symptoms and increase quality of life all-the-while preserving future fertility.
Hope this helps.
I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients.
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