Women's Health Texas – Austin

Endometriosis

Our Austin OBGYNs provide expert diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that affects approximately 5 million women in the United States, the majority of whom are in their 30s and 40s. Our Austin endometriosis specialists can provide relief.

Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, grows in areas other than the uterus. This tissue growth may occur in several areas, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, lining of the pelvic area, and outer surfaces of the rectum, bladder, intestines or uterus.

The condition can be difficult to diagnose and treat, but our experienced Austin endometriosis specialists can offer endometriosis help and relief.

Endometriosis symptoms

Normally, endometrial cells swell and thicken in response to estrogen produced each month as part of the menstrual cycle. As the cycle progresses, the uterus sheds these cells. When women have endometriosis, the cells of the endometrial tissue that grow outside the uterus aren’t shed during menstruation. Instead, they may bleed and grow, irritating and inflaming the tissue surrounding them.

As this cycle repeats, adhesions, or scar tissue, may form. This can cause symptoms, especially in the days before and during a woman’s period. The primary symptom that women report to our Austin endometrosis doctors is pain.

  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Chronic pain in the pelvic area and/or lower back
  • Pain that occurs during or after sexual intercourse
  • Pain during urination or bowel movements
  • Lower stomach or intestinal pain

However, pain may not be the only signal that endometriosis is present. Women may also experience the following symptoms of endometriosis.

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Digestive issues, particularly during periods, including bloating, nausea, constipation and diarrhea

In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that approximately 40% of women who have fertility problems also have endometriosis.

Although endometriosis symptoms can be hard to live with, our Austin OBGYNs have the knowledge and experience to treat the condition.

We provide endometriosis help

Our Austin endometriosis doctors begin the diagnostic process for endometriosis by performing a pelvic examination. Our physicians may also order imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI to look for ovarian cysts.

Another excellent diagnostic tool is laparoscopy. This procedure enables our physicians to view the entire pelvis, see the endometriosis, and biopsy tissue for diagnosis.

When endometriosis is diagnosed, our physicians will create an individualized treatment plan. Treatment ranges from over-the-counter or prescription medications to minimally invasive surgery to remove endometrial lesions.

Make an appointment with our Austin endometriosis specialists

Our physicians urge women to seek diagnosis and treatment if they are experiencing pain or other symptoms that may be caused by endometriosis. Ignoring the problem can lead to unnecessary complications, and seeking endometriosis help can be life-changing. Contact us today for an appointment.