As many as one in every 10 women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis or irregular growth of the uterine lining outside the womb. If you have symptoms that suggest you have endometriosis, board-certified OB/GYN Cordia Clark-White, MD, of Women’s Progressive Health Care near Southside Chicago can help. Get relief from the painful and disruptive symptoms of endometriosis; call the office today.
Endometriosis describes the growth of the endometrial lining outside of the uterus. The endometrium is the lining of your uterus that provides the place for a fertilized egg to implant. If pregnancy doesn’t occur, your body sheds this lining each month during your period.
When you have endometriosis, the lining can grow on the outside of the uterus, on surrounding reproductive organs, or elsewhere, such as the anus and bladder. This endometrial tissue still goes through the normal cycle as the tissue inside your uterus, but when it begins to bleed and shed, it doesn’t have an easy exit from your body. You experience painful inflammation as a result.
Researchers aren’t sure why some women develop endometriosis.
Not everyone with endometriosis experiences symptoms. If you do, they may include the following.
Women with endometriosis can also experience extreme fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark-White for evaluation.
At Women’s Progressive Health Care, Dr. Clark-White focuses on managing your symptoms to improve your quality of life and help you get pregnant if that’s in your family plan. No cure for endometriosis is available.
Pain medication reduces discomfort. You may benefit from over-the-counter options and prescription therapy. Many women benefit from hormone therapy, too. Birth control pills or a hormonal IUD can ease heavy bleeding and cramping during your menstrual cycle, reduce pain, and ease inflammation.
In some cases, Dr. Clark-White may recommend drugs that block your natural hormone production and thus halt the growth of endometrial tissue, but these can bring on artificial menopause and related symptoms.
Some women benefit from minimally invasive surgery to remove endometrial tissue and make it so you can get pregnant or ease symptoms. If conservative treatments and surgery aren’t successful, you’re only recourse may be a hysterectomy.
Dr. Clark-White works with you to treat and manage your endometriosis. Call Women’s Progressive Health Care or schedule online to find out your options.