Painful periods and excess bleeding may mean your body is growing tissue where it shouldn’t. These are symptoms of endometriosis, a painful condition that affects as many as 11% of American women during their childbearing years. For relief from your discomfort, contact North Atlanta Women’s Specialists. At the East Cobb office in Marietta, Johns Creek office in Duluth, and Northside and Midtown offices in Atlanta, Georgia, the team specializes in treatment for endometriosis. Don’t hesitate to call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.
You get diagnosed with endometriosis when your endometrium — the tissue that normally lines the interior of your uterus — grows outside your uterus.
During your monthly cycle, the endometrium thickens, then breaks down. When the endometrium is inside your uterus, it can exit your body with your menstrual blood as it breaks down. But when the endometrium grows where it shouldn’t, your body doesn’t have a way to remove it.
This can irritate the surrounding tissue and cause a wide range of unwelcome symptoms, including:
Left untreated, endometriosis can also impact your fertility.
In some cases, endometriosis can make it harder to get pregnant. But an endometriosis diagnosis doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have a child.
While endometriosis can make it more challenging to conceive, the team at North Atlanta Women’s Specialists offers treatment to address your endometriosis, heightening your chances of getting pregnant.
Before starting treatment, your North Atlanta Women’s Specialists doctor uses diagnostic tools to confirm that you have endometriosis. This usually includes a pelvic exam and an imaging test like an ultrasound, but they also offer a minimally invasive laparoscopy to definitively confirm your endometriosis diagnosis.
Once your endometriosis is confirmed, your doctor talks with you about your treatment options. Hormonal birth control helps many women get relief from their endometriosis symptoms. If you’re currently trying to get pregnant, other medication like a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist can ease your symptoms without impacting your fertility.
If your endometriosis symptoms are severe, your North Atlanta Women’s Specialists doctor may offer endometrial ablation, a treatment that destroys your uterine lining.
They also offer a laparoscopic procedure to remove scarring and lesions from endometriosis, which can help to relieve your pain and restore your ability to get pregnant. A hysterectomy is also an option if your family is complete or you do not plan to have children.
To learn more about endometriosis and your treatment options, call any North Atlanta Women’s Specialists office or schedule an appointment online today.