Understanding endometriosis and how it can be managed

istock 1288036385 Do you experience pain during sex, urinating during your period, or with bowel movements during your period? Do you experience abnormal or heavy menstrual flow that are accompanied with cramps and pain? Do you notice that you deal with routine gastrointestinal issues including constipation or diarrhea? If this sounds like you, you may be struggling with a condition commonly known as endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the development of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. This tissue normally lines the uterus as the endometrium. During a woman’s period, she sheds this tissue each month from the uterus. However, in women with endometriosis, this tissue might develop elsewhere in the abdominal area. It can grow on areas such as the bowels, the ovaries, or in the fallopian tubes. When this occurs, it can also result in infertility. Patients who struggle with endometriosis often find that it impacts their overall comfort and quality of life, and can make it impossible to conceive a child.

How can endometriosis be managed?

Once testing has occurred with Dr. Craig Ranch and women have received a definitive diagnosis of endometriosis, they work directly with their doctor to find a way to relieve or eliminate the symptoms or condition. Common treatment options for endometriosis include:

  • The use of medication for inflammation and pain
  • Hormone based medication to slow ovulation and endometriosis, typically in the form of birth control
  • Laparoscopic procedure to remove excess endometrial tissues
  • Open surgery to remove endometrial tissues
  • In rare cases, removal of the uterus through a hysterectomy

Discuss your needs with Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX

If you suspect that you have endometriosis, or have received a diagnosis in the past and are looking for ways to manage the condition, we strongly encourage you to book a consultation visit with Dr. Craig Ranch and his team of professionals. He is dedicated to providing the best possible care for women in the area who are seeking obstetric and gynecological services. His facility is located at 7900 Henneman Way, Suite #100 and can be reached by phone to request an appointment at (214) 544-6600.

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