When you receive a diagnosis of endometriosis, you may be scared and wonder about its impact on your gynecologic health and fertility. It’s important that you have a doctor you can trust to provide you with information and quality treatment. At Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center in El Paso, Texas, we can answer your questions and offer treatment options to help relieve your symptoms.
Dr. Richard Farnam is a top urogynecologist and surgeon who has many years of experience treating patients with endometriosis. He takes the time to listen to you, learn about your symptoms, and address your concerns. Dr. Farnam uses the latest techniques to provide you with symptom relief and treat the underlying condition.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a medical condition in which tissue from the lining of your uterus (womb) appears in other organs of your body. Typically, this tissue is found in your pelvic region, such as your ovaries and fallopian tubes. However, it can grow in other areas of your body as well.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
The symptoms of endometriosis vary from woman to woman but often include:
- Pelvic pain, usually during your period
- Heavy periods
- Abdominal pain
- Pain during sex or afterward
- Spotting between periods
- Digestive problems
- Constipation or diarrhea
Some women with endometriosis don’t have any symptoms at all. Endometriosis most often affects women in their 30s and 40s, but women of all ages can be diagnosed with this condition.
Can endometriosis cause infertility?
Endometriosis can cause fertility problems, although many women with endometriosis are able to conceive without any problems. About 50% of women with endometriosis have infertility issues. However, many of those women are able to conceive once they’ve received treatment for their endometriosis.
What are the treatments for endometriosis?
Endometriosis can’t be cured, but a number of treatment options can help relieve your symptoms. Prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers can ease any pain that you’re experiencing. Hormone therapy treats endometriosis symptoms but doesn’t address the underlying condition, and thus can’t resolve fertility issues.
If endometriosis is causing severe pain and fertility problems, surgery is often necessary to remove the abnormal tissue. Ablation is sometimes used to remove this tissue, but the procedure isn’t always effective and often results in symptoms returning after a brief respite.
Dr. Farnam uses high-tech laparoscopic laser excision to completely remove any tissue that’s causing problems, relieving your symptoms while also treating your infertility. This minimally invasive procedure takes less time and is less risky than traditional surgery, resulting in a quicker recovery time.
Endometriosis may sound like a scary diagnosis, but with the right medical support you can find relief for your symptoms and treatment to address any fertility issues. You don’t have to go through this alone.