About 1 in 10 women of reproductive age experiences endometriosis, a common cause of pelvic pain. Board-certified OB/GYN Kingsley Asumugha, MD, FACOG, provides individualized care for women with endometriosis at A'fina Houston OB/GYN in Webster, Texas. If you think you may have endometriosis, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Endometriosis is a common women’s health condition that occurs when the tissue that forms the lining of your uterus (endometrium) forms outside the uterus. Endometrial implants most often affect your pelvic organs, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and outer surface of your uterus. Rarely, it may spread to organs outside your pelvic area.
The implants continue to act like normal endometrial tissue, thickening and breaking down with your menstrual cycle. Because this tissue has no way to leave your body, it becomes trapped and irritates surrounding organs, causing inflammation. Eventually, adhesions may develop. Adhesions can cause your pelvic organs to stick to each other.
Chronic pelvic pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis. Pain usually worsens just before and during your menstrual period. You may also experience pain during sexual intercourse.
If endometriosis affects your bowel or bladder, you may feel pain during bowel movements or urination. Another symptom of endometriosis is heavy menstrual bleeding.
Many women who have endometriosis don’t experience any symptoms at all. However, the severity of your symptoms doesn’t correspond with the severity of your condition.
About 40% of women with infertility also have endometriosis. Inflammation and adhesions may interfere with your ability to conceive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant.
Dr. Asumugha provides advanced treatments for endometriosis, including minimally invasive surgery, that may increase your chances of getting pregnant.
First, Dr. Asumugha carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history, and performs a physical and pelvic exam. If he suspects you have endometriosis, he may perform laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is the only way to confirm that you have endometriosis.
If Dr. Asumugha finds endometrial implants during the laparoscopy procedure, he may take a tissue sample for lab testing. Often, he’s able to fully treat endometriosis during the same procedure.
Dr. Asumugha may also treat your endometriosis with medication, such as hormonal birth control or pain-relieving medication. This approach may be better if your symptoms are mild and you aren’t trying to get pregnant.
Hormonal medications slow the growth of endometrial implants, but the only way to get rid of them is with surgery.
To learn more about your options for endometriosis treatment, call A'fina Houston OB/GYN, or request an appointment online today.