Endometriosis is a common gynecological problem that can cause severe pain and difficulty getting pregnant. Board-certified OB/GYN Brian A. Levitt, MD, and his expert team of women’s health specialists diagnose and treat endometriosis at their locations in Snellville and Suwanee, Georgia. If you think you may have endometriosis, call or book an appointment online.
Endometriosis, sometimes called endo, is a medical condition in which the tissue that normally grows inside your uterus (endometrium) starts growing in other places.
The endometrium that develops outside your uterus continues to behave like it normally would -- thickening and then shedding with your menstrual cycle. Since this tissue has no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped.
Displaced endometrium can irritate surrounding tissues and eventually lead to the formation of scars and adhesions, or abnormal bands of tissue that cause your pelvic organs to stick together.
Endometriosis most often affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the outer wall of the uterus. Rarely, it can spread beyond your reproductive organs and affect other parts of the body.
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects at least 11% of women ages 15-44, or over 6.5 million women in the United States. This disorder can affect anyone who gets menstrual periods, but it’s most often diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s.
Pelvic pain is the most common endometriosis symptom, but the type and severity of pain vary among women. Other signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:
Although infertility is a major concern among women with endometriosis, it’s still possible to get pregnant. Dr. Levitt has extensive experience treating endometriosis and other causes of infertility.
First, Dr. Levitt or a member of his team perform a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history. If they suspect endometriosis, they may feel for lumps with a pelvic exam or use an ultrasound imaging test to visually examine your pelvic organs.
Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan based on your particular needs. Depending on whether you want to get pregnant, endometriosis treatment may involve hormonal birth control or other hormonal medicines to reduce endometriosis symptoms.
In severe cases, Dr. Levitt may recommend minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to diagnose endometriosis or remove abnormal tissue.
To learn more about your options for endometriosis treatment, call the office of Brian A. Levitt, MD, or book an appointment online.