If you’ve got endometriosis, you may struggle with long periods, extra-heavy blood flow, severe pelvic pain, and even infertility. At Women First GYN in Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, Virginia, gynecologist Margie Corney, MD, FACOG understands what you’re going through. She has the solutions you need to get back to a normal life again, so don’t hesitate to get in touch online or by phone for help now.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which your intrauterine lining begins growing outside the uterus. It affects 1 in 10 women in their reproductive years. Endometrial patches often grow on the outer uterus, the ovaries, or fallopian tubes. Although endometrial growths can grow virtually anywhere in the body, they are most common on the female organs.
Endometriosis doesn’t always trigger symptoms. But, if you do suffer endometriosis problems, common issues include:
In severe cases of endometriosis, the constant endometrial growth and breakdown cycle can lead to scar tissue, which is known as adhesions. Eventually, adhesions can block your fallopian tubes or prevent ovulation to cause infertility.
Dr. Corney may suspect endometriosis after discussing your symptoms with you and performing a pelvic exam. But, to make a definitive endometriosis diagnosis, Dr. Corney must perform a minor surgery known as laparoscopy.
During the laparoscopy, Dr. Corney uses a tiny incision in your navel area to view your female and other abdominal organs to look for adhesions. Depending on the situation and your needs, Dr. Corney may remove some of the adhesions during laparoscopy as well. She may test a tissue sample for cancer after your laparoscopy, which is called a biopsy.
There are many approaches to endometriosis treatment, including short-term and long-term solutions. Short term, pain medication can relieve symptoms. However, it doesn’t slow down or impact the endometriosis at all, so you’ll eventually need a lasting solution.
Birth control pills can sometimes stabilize your periods to relieve endometriosis symptoms. If you suffer from a hormonal imbalance, you might need hormone replacement therapy to bring your hormones back to the optimal levels. Hormone replacement therapy might reduce the amount of endometrial growth and prevent it from spreading to give you effective symptom relief.
Another option, usually used for severe endometriosis, is gonadotropin-agonists that stop estrogen production. It can slow down or stop new endometrial growth. But, you can only take gonadotropin-agonists for 6-12 months because they can decrease your bone density.
If you’re not planning to have children, NovaSure® may be a good solution for your endometriosis. NovaSure is an endometrial ablation procedure that removes the lining of your uterus. This greatly decreases, and possibly eliminates, your periods. This, in turn, alleviates severe period pain. But, you do need to continue using birth control following NovaSure, as it’s not safe to get pregnant afterward.
To get endometriosis help from a leading field specialist, call Women First GYN or use online scheduling to make your appointment with Dr. Corney now.