More than 10% of American women are affected by endometriosis. Markidan Gynecology and Women's Health can make it easier to navigate the diagnostic and treatment process for this challenging disease.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Markidan, please call us at (609)-683-3661. We are conveniently located in Princeton, New Jersey.
Endometriosis is a medical condition where the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus and sheds during your period develops outside of the uterus, within your lower abdomen. This abnormally located endometrium tissue will still build up and break down normally, but it has no way to easily exit your body because it is not within the uterus.
Researchers do not know the exact cause of endometriosis. It may be that blood containing endometrial cells is able to flow backward through your fallopian tubes and into your pelvic region. Another theory is that your immune system may be able to transform certain peritoneal cells into endometrial cells.
Knowing what to look for can help you understand when to come in for a diagnostic exam. Some of the symptoms of endometriosis include:
Listen to the messages your body sends, and take action if you sense that something is just not right. No one is more qualified than you to determine if something is amiss with your health.
If you are diagnosed with endometriosis, your treatment path is shaped by your symptoms, your overall health, and whether or not you plan to become pregnant. It can take a process of trial and error to find the proper treatment for your needs.
Over-the-counter pain medication can help with cramping and pelvic pain. If you are not trying to become pregnant, hormonal birth control options can also help, as some reduce menstrual bleeding. There are other types of hormone therapy that can help.
Conservative surgery offers the chance to remove some abnormal endometrial tissue while preserving your reproductive organs. In cases where your symptoms are severe, and you are confident you don’t want to become pregnant, a hysterectomy can help by removing your uterus and/or ovaries.
Treating endometriosis is a highly personalized endeavor. We work closely with you to determine the best course of action. If you’d like more information, call today to schedule a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.
If you would like to discuss the management of endometriosis in detail, please call Markidan Gynecology and Women’s Health today to schedule a visit.