Endometriosis can be more than just painful. It can become crippling and prevent sufferers from living a normal life in some cases. The OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care in Arlington and McLean, Virginia are here for patient support, and they're ready to deliver long-term care and treatments. From medications to surgery, the doctors at Capital Women's Care will help their patients cope with and even beat endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows out of control. While the uterine lining usually stays inside the uterus, it can grow on other female organs or even elsewhere in the body when you have endometriosis. This extra growth doesn't always cause symptoms, but for many women with endometriosis, the symptoms can be severe.
Endometriosis is most common in young and middle-aged women, usually decreasing with menopause. If endometriosis is in your family, for example, if your mom and grandmother suffered from it, you might be more likely to have it as well.
Endometriosis can be symptomless in some cases, even if there's significant endometrial growth. However, for some women, any amount of endometrial growth can result in chronic and severe symptoms.
The most common sign of endometriosis is chronic pelvic pain. This pain can be severe enough to disrupt your routine, causing you to miss school, work, and other obligations.
Another common symptom of endometriosis is excessive bleeding during menstruation. Endometriosis sufferers may also have unusually long periods, sometimes even lasting for 10 days or longer.
If you're actively trying to conceive and have been unable to do so, endometriosis could be causing or at least contributing to the problem.
Endometriosis treatment depends on your specific symptoms and situation. While prescription pain medicine may control pain short term, the goal is to eliminate endometriosis so you can be comfortable and healthy in the long-term. Some things that can help achieve long-term relief include:
Hormone therapy, usually in oral form, can relieve symptoms for many endometriosis sufferers
Your Capital Women's Care OB/GYN can perform a minimally invasive surgery, like laparoscopy, to help with endometriosis. In this surgery, the doctor removes the excessive endometrial growth to give you symptom relief. Doing so can allow for substantially reduced pain, less bleeding, and shorter periods.
Struggling with symptoms of endometriosis and need relief? Arrange a visit with a compassionate and skilled OB/GYNs though Capital Women’s Care’s online appointment maker or call the office for an appointment.