Endometriosis: What You Need To Know
You’ve probably heard of endometriosis, but do you know the signs and symptoms? The reproductive specialists at the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) in Orlando outline what you need to know about this condition.
Endometriosis happens when part of the uterine lining, or endometrium, attach to tissues outside of the uterine cavity. These endometrial lesions build up and break down each month, causing inflammation, cysts, and severe menstrual pain.
Endometriosis is commonly misdiagnosed, but it is thought to affect over six million women in the US. It is difficult to diagnose in part due to lack of symptoms in most women. While other women will suffer from severe menstrual pain, even before or after their periods. It’s also common to have pain while using the restroom or during sex. Other symptoms could include feeling tired or nauseous, being constipated, or having diarrhea.
To learn more about the disease, watch the video below by CRM's Dr. Randall Loy as he discusses the symptoms and causes of Endometriosis.
The worst sufferers could become infertile due to the disease, but endometriosis can be surgically removed or destroyed with a minimally invasive procedure. This makes it extremely important to schedule a consultation with a fertility doctor at CRM immediately if you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned.
If it’s found early enough, laparoscopy could treat patients fully and they could go on to achieve pregnancy without any complications.
Dr. Loy shares additional information in the second part of his video series on Endometriosis.