Endometriosis

It is estimated endometriosis is present in 38-50% of all infertile women and in 70-80% of women with chronic pelvic pain.

Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility and can cause pelvic pain, severe cramping with menses, painful urination, painful and possibly bloody bowel movements, pain during intercourse, and infertility.

Overview

Endometriosis occurs when endometrial cells enter the pelvic area and attach to the reproductive organs and other organs and continue to grow. This can cause damage and blockage to the fallopian tubes, and damage to the ovaries and other organs. These “foreign” cells can also create an inflammatory environment in the pelvis as the body mounts an immunologic attack to destroy them, causing inflammation. Specialists at RCC will properly treat your endometriosis to lessen pain and help with conception. Depending on severity, endometriosis can be treated with medication or laparoscopic surgery.

Causes of Endometriosis

There are different theories on the cause of endometriosis. The incidence of endometriosis is higher in daughters of mothers who had endometriosis, suggesting a genetic link. The most commonly accepted theory is that menstrual blood “back flows” into the pelvic cavity at the end of the ovulatory cycle. This blood is very rich in endometrial cells.

Treatment Options

Lupron

This is the most common treatment that helps lower estrogen levels.

Endometrial Implants

Surgically removed by laparoscopy.

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