What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful health condition that causes the normal lining of your uterus, also known as the endometrium, to grow on the outside of the uterus. This displaced tissue can cause further complications, such as ovarian cysts, abnormal scar tissue, and pelvic pain. Additionally, the condition can lead to complications with pregnancy, including infertility.
What causes endometriosis?
While one specific cause of endometriosis is not pinpointed, the following situations can lead to endometriosis:
- Retrograde menstruation (or reverse-flowing menstrual blood)
- Surgery, such as C-section
- Immune system disorders
- Irregular cell transport
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Endometriosis symptoms will vary from person to person, but in general may include one or more of the following:
- Pain during sex
- Painful periods
- Excessive bleeding during period
- Painful bowel movements
- Painful urination
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
Endometriosis can be diagnosed by a sexual health and wellness doctor at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in New York City. There is no singular test for endometriosis. During your consultation, our doctors may perform a combination of the following exams as well as discuss your symptoms, past medical conditions, and concerns in order to make an accurate diagnosis:
- Pelvic exam
How is endometriosis treated?
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, the following treatment options are available:
- Hormone therapy
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
- Pain medications
- Hysterectomy (in severe cases)
If you believe you may be suffering from endometriosis, the first step to restoring your health is to schedule a consultation with New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in New York City. Our specialists are highly experienced in integrative and functional medicine. Call one of our locations or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment today.