HEALTHIER YOU: Pain & Endometriosis
BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES
The winter months are close to an end and we will soon welcome spring — a time to feel warmth in the air that signals summer is around the corner. The summertime fun is often met with anticipation for vacations, beach fun and family cookouts.
But for women who suffer from endometriosis, all seasons are met with pain. Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside the organ. This tissue can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels, or bladder. In some rare cases, it grows in other parts of the body.
Some of the symptoms from endometriosis include:
- Pain, usually in the abdomen, lower back, or pelvic areas.
- Heavy periods and bleeding between periods.
- Painful menstrual cramps.
Some women have no symptoms at all. But some might have trouble getting pregnant — and that might be the first sign.
The cause of endometriosis is not known. Surgery — usually a laparoscopy — is the only way to know for sure whether you have endometriosis. Your healthcare provider will first take your medical history, do a pelvic exam, and maybe conduct some imaging tests.
There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatment helps with pain and infertility. Pain medicine, hormone treatment, or surgery are sometimes used as treatment.
For additional information, contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care Offices at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.