Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis
Endometriosis, also called “Endo,” is a condition in which tissue that forms the lining of the uterus grows in places in the body other than the uterus. This tissue is most commonly found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the outer surface of the uterus. While there are other places this tissue can be found, it is far less common.
A Woman’s Healing Center’s Fort Collins gynecologists are leading experts in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. Dr. Christine Skorberg herself even had Endometriosis, so she is more tuned to recognizing and diagnosing it. You can learn more about our approach from her, and read on, below.
How Do You Diagnose Endometriosis?
The first step in getting diagnosed with endometriosis is to recognize you may be having symptoms, and talking to your doctor about them. Many women remain undiagnosed or diagnose themselves with other conditions like dysmenorrhea (cramps) or dyspareunia (pain with sex), but these are some of the symptoms that come with endometriosis. Other symptoms can include fatigue, low back pain, and a constant state of just not feeling well.
If you suspect you might have endometriosis, it will be diagnosed via laparoscopy. There are other tests that a Gynecologist can perform, like an ultrasound or regular gynecological exam, but these can’t give definitive diagnoses.
How Do You Treat Endometriosis?
While there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are lots of therapies to offer women. Treatment for endometriosis depends on the extent of the disease, your symptoms, and whether you want to have children.
It may be treated with medication, hormones, surgery, or all three. Although treatments may relieve pain and infertility for a time, symptoms may come back after treatment.
If you want to learn more about endometriosis, here are some other resources with information on the symptoms, causes, treatments, and more.
The average woman goes 10 years before being diagnosed, but not at A Woman’s Healing Center.
If you have questions about endometriosis or think that you may be experiencing the symptoms of endometriosis, please get in touch with us. We will be happy to talk to you about the steps for making an appointment and/or diagnosis. You can also click the link below to learn more about our other OB-GYN services.