Endometriosis

Endometriosis Specialist
Endometriosis is known for causing excruciating pelvic pain, but it can also affect your fertility. When you become a patient of Mikeal Love, MD in Austin, Texas, you start getting the care you need right away. As Austin’s top OB/GYN, Mikeal Love, MD is a trusted expert when it comes to treating endometriosis. His caring team understands your concerns and works to resolve your endometriosis issues. When you use the online booking system or call the office, you can usually get an appointment within a few days.

Endometriosis Q & A

by Mikeal Love, MD

What is endometriosis?

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.

What causes endometriosis?

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:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Low body weight
  • Never giving birth
  • Late menopause
  • High estrogen levels
  • Menstrual cycles lasting less than 27 days
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Family history of endometriosis

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.

How do I know if I have endometriosis?

Endometriosis sufferers often complain of frequent pelvic pain, but there are also other symptoms that point to endometriosis. Common issues include:

  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Frequent diarrhea or constipation
  • Severe cramping throughout your period
  • Abnormally heavy periods
  • Infertility or difficulty conceiving
  • Bloating or nausea
  • Chronic fatigue

Is there a cure for endometriosis?

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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