Endometriosis is a painful but common condition that affects women in their childbearing years. Fortunately, women with this condition have access to a wide range of treatments that improve or eliminate their symptoms. OB/GYN Specialists of South Miami diagnoses endometriosis accurately and helps women choose the treatment options that work best for them. To make an appointment for endometriosis diagnosis or treatment, contact the office in Miami today.
Endometriosis is a common condition that occurs when the tissue that usually makes up the lining of your uterus begins growing in other locations. In most cases, endometriosis affects the tissue lining the pelvis, the ovaries, or the fallopian tubes. Rarely, it may spread further outside the uterus.
Doctors don’t know exactly what causes endometriosis, but some of the most popular theories include:
If you have endometriosis, you may experience significant pain during your period. You may also notice that you have pain during intercourse, when you urinate, or when you have a bowel movement. In addition, endometriosis often causes your periods to become heavier, and it may make it hard for you to get pregnant.
Because the symptoms of endometriosis can have several other causes, the doctors at OB/GYN Specialists of South Miami perform a pelvic exam and run certain tests to diagnose endometriosis. Tests may include ultrasound or laparoscopy to look for the signs of endometriosis.
If you have endometriosis, you may be able to control your symptoms using hormone therapies or pain medication. However, these medications may not work for everyone.
If your endometriosis isn’t responding to medication, your doctor may recommend surgery. If you hope to have more children, your doctor may recommend minimally invasive surgery to remove as much of the endometriosis as possible, while preserving your healthy tissue. However, if you don’t want more children, a hysterectomy to remove the uterus and other reproductive organs may be your best option.
If you have become infertile because of your endometriosis, assisted reproduction may help you to conceive and carry a child. However, after your pregnancy, your symptoms will likely return. If this occurs, you may need further treatment.
OB-GYN Specialists of South Miami participates with the following insurance carriers. Please note that you will be responsible for co-insurance and co-pays. Thank you.
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