Endometriosis is a painful gynecologic condition in Dallas in which the lining of the uterus grows outside this organ. The development of endometrial tissue occurs on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic lining, where it continues to thicken and shed during the menstrual cycle. Because the tissue cannot exit the body, it creates fibrous and scar tissue as well as cysts.
Endometrial tissue overgrowth leads to symptoms that can include painful menstruation, pain during intercourse, pain when going to the bathroom, very heavy periods or bleeding between periods, fatigue, bloating, and nausea. Endometriosis is also associated with infertility. Though this condition is chronic, treatment options can alleviate symptoms and increase the chance of conception and pregnancy.
Endometriosis is more common among women in Dallas who began menstruating at an early age, have never been pregnant, are menstruating beyond the average age for menopause, have menstrual cycles that average less than 27 days, have higher estrogen levels, have a low body mass index, drink alcohol, have a family history of endometriosis, and/or have uterine abnormalities.
Treatment options in Dallas for endometriosis range from conservative measures to surgery depending on the severity of symptoms. The first line of defense is often over-the-counter medications to reduce painful cramps during menstruation. This can be combined with certain lifestyle measures that relieve symptoms.
If this is ineffective, other treatments will be recommended. It all depends on the unique case, as there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for endometriosis. Women who are trying to become pregnant may undergo a procedure to remove excess endometrial tissue growth while preserving the uterus and ovaries. When endometriosis is very severe and does not respond to conservative surgery, a hysterectomy may be required.
If you live in the Dallas area, get in touch with us at Fort Worth Center for Pelvic Medicine for an evaluation if you’re experiencing the symptoms of endometriosis. We can help develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Fort Worth.