Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, moves out of the uterus and into other parts of the pelvic area, like the ovaries, bowels, or the space behind the uterus. When this tissue swells during menstruation, it causes pain, constipation the formation of scar tissue, and the development of cysts in the reproductive system. It impacts around 5 million women in the United States, making it a widespread condition.
Endometriosis, although not a life-threatening condition, can be excruciating for many sufferers. Patients often report that the condition interferes with their daily life, work, or social life. Endometriosis can also lead to infertility and complications of pregnancy.
The condition is diagnosed using ultrasound or MRI testing. While there is no cure for the condition, most symptoms can be treated with over the counter medications, and in serious cases, medical interventions like hormone therapy. Some severe cases of endometriosis may require surgery to remove scar tissue buildup.
Symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic lower back pain
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Pain during and after intercourse
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Periods that are longer in duration
If you’re suffering from endometriosis, Infinity Medical Group can help. Call us at 1.888.716.0559.