Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that typically lines your uterus grows on the outside of your uterus, sometimes encompassing your ovaries, your fallopian tubes, and the surrounding tissue.
This endometrial tissue, even though displaced, continues to act as it would if it were on the inside of your uterus, and hardens, breaks down, and bleeds with each period. Since there is no natural mechanism on the outside of your uterus to process and dispose of the tissue, as you do with each period, the tissue becomes trapped and can cause scarring, cysts, and adhesions, which are often painful.
The very first symptom most women notice is pain and cramping, especially during periods. This pain may be accompanied by abdominal and lower back pain. Other symptoms may present themselves, including:
If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Channell to see if endometriosis might be the cause.
The cause of endometriosis remains a mystery, but doctors have identified several factors that may put you at risk for developing this condition, such as:
This list is not comprehensive as there are many medical conditions that may contribute to endometriosis. So it’s possible to not have any of the risk factors listed above and still develop endometriosis.
While its cause may remain a mystery, there are several effective treatments to help alleviate the pain and fertility problems endometriosis can cause.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Channell may recommend several courses of action, including:
Each case is different and Dr. Channell will take into account several factors before recommending a treatment, such as your medical history, your goals for childbirth, and your level of discomfort.
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