When your uterine tissue, called endometrium, starts growing in areas outside of your uterus, this means that you are suffering from endometriosis. These abnormal tissue growths form in your lower abdomen around your fallopian tubes, on your ovaries, or on the ligaments surrounding your uterus.
Each month during your menstrual cycle, the abnormal tissue builds up, breaks down, then ultimately sheds. But unlike your period, these tissue remnants have nowhere to go, so they accumulate further, cause inflammation, and leave you in severe pain.
Although the exact cause isn’t always known, medical experts have linked several conditions and lifestyle factors to an increased risk of endometriosis. Some of these include:
While you can’t always prevent endometriosis from occurring, you can adjust your lifestyle factors that increase your risk. For instance, cutting down on alcohol consumption can help, along with maintaining a healthy body weight. Dr. Love works with you to see if you can make any changes to minimize your risk of endometriosis or the severity of complications.
Endometriosis sufferers often complain of frequent pelvic pain, but there are also other symptoms that point to endometriosis. Common issues include:
No, but it can be treated, and Dr. Love can help you if you’re trying to conceive. Dr. Love uses all-natural family planning methods to help you track and work through endometriosis-related issues, rather than simply putting you on hormone treatments or birth control.
If your endometriosis causes severe scarring and inflammation, there might be a need for surgery to remove the growths and abnormal tissue. Dr. Love performs the surgery with a laparoscope on an outpatient basis, which reduces pain and increases your chances of getting pregnant.
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