Understanding endometriosis

Dr. Craig Ranch and his team in McKinney, TX provide women with a range of solutions for their reproductive health. He can evaluate, diagnosis, and treat a number of conditions that may be impacting a patient. This includes the diagnosis of endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

 

Dr. Craig Ranch describes endometriosis as the improper development of the endometrium lining of the uterus. Typically, this lining sheds during monthly periods. However, this lining can develop elsewhere. Tissue can grow anywhere in the pelvic cavity, including the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Not only can this cause discomfort for women, it can also impact their ability to have children.

 

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

 

Every woman experiences different symptoms with endometriosis. However, the more common symptoms seen include:

 

  • Gastrointestinal issues including constipation and diarrhea
  • Increased fatigue
  • Pain during urination or sexual intercourse
  • Pain/cramping in the abdomen or lower back during periods
  • Unusual, abnormal, or heavy menstrual flow
  • Painful bowel movements during periods

 

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

 

There are a number of tests that are used to diagnose endometriosis. This includes:

 

  • Laparoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • Ultrasounds
  • CT scans
  • MRIs

 

What can be done for patients with endometriosis?

 

The treatment options suggested for patients with endometriosis will vary depending on the location of the tissue growth and the severity of the symptoms. Treatment recommendations may include:

 

  • Hormone-based birth control pills to stop ovulation and slow endometriosis
  • Pain medication to manage discomfort caused by the condition
  • Removal of endometrial growth using surgery or laparoscopy
  • Open surgery for the removal of the uterus if necessary
  • Working with a fertility doctor to determine if conception is possible
  • Ease discomfort from endometriosis with lifestyle changes including regular exercise, warm baths, and rest

 

Work with a professional today to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options

 

Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX is here to help women with a wide range of reproductive health solutions. If you suspect you may have endometriosis, or want to work with a professional who can assist with treatments, we invite you to call our office at (214) 544-6600 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for women who are concerned about this or other conditions that may impact their reproductive health.

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