Endometriosis affects about 1 in 10 women in the United States. If you have severe pelvic pain due to endometriosis, you can find solutions at Advanced Women’s Healthcare of Waxahachie. Tracy Glass, DO, FACOG, and Gregory Kroeger, MD, FACOG, offer customized treatment plans using medications or minimally invasive surgery to treat endometriosis and the complications like infertility it can cause. Call the office in Waxahachie, Texas, to schedule an endometriosis consultation or request an appointment online today.
Endometriosis is a painful disorder that describes the growth of your endometrium (uterine lining) outside of your uterus.
Endometrial tissue can grow on your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other pelvic organs. This tissue continues to act like it normally does – thickening and breaking down each month during your menstrual cycle.
While the underlying cause of endometriosis isn’t well understood, you may be at a higher risk for the condition if you:
A hallmark symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain that tends to worsen during your period. You may also experience:
If you have any of these issues or don’t become pregnant after a year of having unprotected sex, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Advanced Women’s Healthcare of Waxahachie.
There are typically two treatment options for endometriosis - medications and surgery.
The providers at Advanced Women’s Healthcare of Waxahachie may initially recommend various hormonal treatments, including low-dose birth control to suppress the growth of endometrial tissue. The providers can also recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pelvic pain and cramping.
If you have severe pain or infertility complications, they may recommend surgery using the da Vinci robotic system. This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeons to see the pelvic tissue at a higher magnification, and increased visibility means that more endometriosis can be removed than through traditional laparoscopic methods.
When you have severe endometriosis and have completed your family plan, the Advanced Women’s Healthcare of Waxahachie providers may suggest a hysterectomy to remove your uterus for a more definitive treatment.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for endometriosis symptoms, call Advanced Women’s Healthcare of Waxahachie or request an appointment online today.