Endometriosis is a problem that about one in 10 women face, and it is present in about 40% of all infertility cases, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The condition may affect any of the reproductive organs, the bladder, and the rectum. It occurs when the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, begins to grow outside of the uterus. This type of tissue growth is problematic, because it causes a wide range of symptoms in addition to infertility.
Severe and chronic pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis. This pain tends to be worst just before the menstrual cycle begins, but it can also worsen during sexual intercourse. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter NSAIDs to relieve your pain, but many women require more intensive treatment such as minimally invasive surgery to provide complete relief.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
The endometrium is the tissue that bleeds during the menstrual cycle, so many women with endometriosis experience heavier periods because of the extra tissue growth. It is important to note that abnormally heavy menstruation could be caused by a number of serious conditions, including endometriosis, so you should consider seeing the doctor right away if you notice this symptom.
Pain During Urination
Symptoms can vary depending on the organs affected by endometriosis. If the endometrium has spread to the bladder, the inflammation could cause pain during urination. Pain during bowel movements is also a possible symptom of endometriosis, as the condition often spreads to the outer surfaces of the rectum and intestines.
da Vinci Robotically Assisted Surgery is an effective and low-risk treatment for endometriosis that can help you live free of the symptoms above and provide you with the best chance of preserving fertility after surgery. At Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, we are proud to feature da Vinci Technology in our Center for Women’s Health. If you want to explore more of the advantages of seeking treatment with us, visit our website for further reading. You can schedule appointments for your women’s care by calling our patient referral line at (504) 988-5263.