Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. In most cases, the extra uterine lining develops in patches on the outer part of the uterus. It also frequently grows on the ovaries and fallopian tubes. While uncommon, endometrial growth can also develop in other parts of the body, even far away from the reproductive organs. Endometriosis can cause a number of symptoms, although for some women it doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms.
The symptoms of endometriosis can vary, and the amount of endometrial growth isn't directly related to the severity of symptoms. For example, a woman may have a small amount of endometrial growth yet experience severe symptoms. The most common symptoms of endometriosis include:
Endometriosis impacts premenopausal women. It can start as early as the teenage years and last through the onset of menopause. There appears to be a family connection with endometriosis. If your grandmother, mother and/or your sisters suffer from this condition, you're more likely to have it yourself.
Dr. Charles can often form a preliminary diagnosis of endometriosis based on your symptoms. A pelvic exam and/or a pelvic ultrasound can also help detect the condition. To definitively determine that endometriosis is present, a procedure called a laparoscopy is needed.
During this procedure, Dr. Charles views the outside of your uterus and surrounding organs through a tiny camera. A laparoscopy determines whether endometrial growth is present and pinpoints the amount and location of that growth. This information can help Dr. Charles determine the right treatment to provide for you.
Endometriosis is treated based on the severity of your symptoms and individual needs. Pain medication may be sufficient for short-term control of pain, and hormone therapy is often used for long-term control of pain and other symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.
Dr. Leroy Charles works with most major insurance companies. If you have any questions, call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.
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