What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis
Are you suffering from ongoing pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycles, or extreme fatigue? If so, you could be one of many women with a common reproductive health issue known as endometriosis. This condition occurs when the endometrium, or uterine lining, begins to grow outside of the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or cervix. Abnormal growth of the endometrium is problematic, because this is the tissue that becomes inflamed and bleeds during the menstrual cycle. When this process takes place outside of the uterus, it can be painful and irritating to other organs in the pelvis.
There is no specific known cause of endometriosis, but there are several conditions that can increase your risk. Poor immune health, hormonal imbalance, and frequent yeast infections are all risk factors for endometriosis, but they can be managed with regular care from your physician.
Some women with endometriosis have no symptoms at all, but it is more common for women to experience pelvic pain, discomfort during intercourse, and severe menstrual cramping. Other symptoms such as pain during urination, diarrhea, and nausea can also occur if the endometrium has grown on the bladder or bowel. Infertility is another complication of endometriosis, and it is often what causes women to seek treatment.
Treatment for endometriosis is a highly personalized process dependent on your symptoms and plans to have children. You may feel relief through conservative therapies such as medication and lifestyle changes, but surgery can become necessary if you are still experiencing symptoms. Endometriosis resection with da Vinci Robotic Surgery is an excellent surgical option that is minimally invasive and low-risk. However, some cases will require the complete removal of the uterus through hysterectomy, which can also be performed with da Vinci technology.
MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is proud to feature da Vinci Surgical technology for our women’s care, and we can help you decide if these procedures are right for your needs. Explore all of our women’s health and surgical services on our website, or schedule a surgical consultation by calling (702) 233-5474.