Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects 176 million women worldwide. In addition to discomfort, endometriosis can also lead to fertility problems. But help is available at TriState OBGYN PC in Memphis, Tennessee. Stephen Ehiremen, MD, has 20 years of experience helping women with endometriosis relieve their symptoms and live a normal life. If you have endometriosis, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition in which endometrial tissue — normally found inside the uterus — grows in other areas of the pelvic cavity. Endometrial tissue can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, tissues that hold the uterus in place, and on the outer surface of the uterus.
These abnormal tissue growths can cause irregular bleeding, painful menstruation, and fertility problems. Without treatment, endometrial tissue growth may increase, causing scarring and damage to the pelvic area.
There are no known causes of endometriosis, but there known risk factors that can encourage its development, including:
If you experience symptoms of endometriosis, Dr. Ehiremen will discusses your concerns and risk factors to determine if further testing is needed.
If Dr. Ehiremen suspects you have endometriosis, he’ll perform a series of tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. These tests include:
A pelvic exam includes a normal Pap smear in which a sample of tissue is removed from your cervix to be analyzed for abnormalities.
Dr. Ehiremen performs diagnostic ultrasound imaging to identify areas of abnormal tissue growth or scarring.
Some medications, such as hormonal birth control, can relieve endometriosis symptoms.
Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that removes tissue samples from inside your uterus for analysis.
The type of testing Dr. Ehiremen will use to diagnose your condition will depend on your symptoms, overall health, and desired outcome. If you want to have a baby now or in the future, Dr. Ehiremen and his team at TriState OBGYN PC will perform the least-invasive procedure possible to protect your ability to conceive.
While there is no cure for endometriosis, Dr. Ehiremen will provide treatment options to relieve your symptoms. In most cases, the first step in endometriosis treatment is taking medication.
If you don’t want to get pregnant, Dr. Ehiremen may prescribe hormonal birth control to relieve your symptoms. If you want to get pregnant, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist may be prescribed. It will temporarily stop your body from producing the hormones that cause endometrial tissue growth.
In severe cases, Dr. Ehiremen will perform laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrial tissue growths.
If you are suffering with endometriosis, book an appointment with TriState OBGYN PC online or over the phone today.