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What is Endometriosis?

Are you experiencing excessive menstrual cramps or a heavy abnormal flow? It’s important to notice such abnormalities in a woman’s body because they can mean anything and should get checked out. Along with many other symptoms, this can potentially be Endometriosis, where tissue grows outside of the uterus instead of inside. With this painful disorder, you should look for a Gyno in Queens that can help treat it. Luckily, Women for Women is made up of a great team of experts in gynecological care and help you manage your condition.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is an uncomfortable condition where the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside instead of inside of it. This tissue is commonly found in the ovaries. Like a normal tissue, it will grow, break apart, and bleed at the end of a menstrual cycle, but the blood has no place to go, which causes inflammation.

Types of Endometriosis

The three main types of Endometriosis include:

  • Superficial peritoneal lesion
    • This is the most common type of Endometriosis, and you have lesions on a thin film that lines your pelvic cavity.
  • Endometrioma (ovarian lesion)
    • Drak fluid-filled cysts form very deeply in your ovaries and don’t respond well to treatment which can damage healthy existing tissue. 
  • Deeply infiltrating Endometriosis
    • This type grows under the pelvic cavity and can involve other organs like your bowels or bladder. 

Endometriosis Symptoms

At first, you may notice or experience any of the following symptoms, but if you have them, it includes:

  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Excessive menstrual cramps
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Pain while peeing or pooping, especially during menstrual cycles
  • Trouble getting pregnant
  • Abnormal or heavy bleeding during menstrual period

Endometriosis Causes

Our Gyno in Queens and other doctors have not found the actual causes for Endometriosis, but they believe that any blood that may contain endometrial cells that go through the fallopian tubes, and these cells stick to your organs. 

Endometriosis Stages

The four stages of Endometriosis include:

  1. Minimal: Few small lesions. 
  2. Mild: More lesions.
  3. Moderate: Lesions are very deep and scar tissue around your ovaries or fallopian tubes.
  4. Severe: There will be many lessons and possibly large cysts and scar tissue around your ovaries or fallopian tubes.

Endometriosis Complications

Dealing and trying to manage high pain and discomfort from Endometriosis can lead to depression and anxiety for some women. Also, Endometriosis may raise a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. 

Endometriosis Diagnosis

Our Gyno in Queens will take a look at your symptoms and help you find the best treatment for Endometriosis. They will run tests to take a good look at your uterus and confirm the severity or progression of your Endometriosis. Some tests include a pelvic exam, ultrasound, CT scan, Laparoscopy, or Biopsy. If necessary, they can take additional tests.

Endometriosis Treatment

Gyno in Queens

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Endometriosis, but there are options such as surgery and medications to help manage it. Your gyno in Queens may recommend any over-the-counter pain relievers, prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, or suggest any hormonal therapy. Common hormonal therapy types include:

  • Birth control patches, pills, or vaginal rings
  • Contraceptives (Progestin) 
  • Danazol

If your case is severe and does not work after trying the suggested methods from your doctor, surgery will be recommended.

Alternative Treatment

Some women have found the following methods to help them deal with Endometriosis. It was not found to treat Endometriosis, but a great way to feel relief. Some include:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal remedies

Endometriosis Prevention

You can’t prevent Endometriosis, but there are many ways to reduce any chance of developing it in your uterus. You can talk to your doctor about any hormonal birth control methods, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising regularly, and avoiding large consumption of alcohol and caffeine.

Gyno in Queens at Women for Women

If you believe you are dealing with Endometriosis because you are experiencing similar symptoms mentioned above. Speak to your gyno in Queens to schedule a consultation to take exams and take a good look at what is happening. Our doctors at Women for Women are experienced in this area of care and will work diligently will all their patients to help treat their condition. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit our website to schedule an appointment.