More than 11% of women aged 15-44 develop endometriosis, a condition that may not cause any symptoms or leave you in extreme pain. With or without symptoms, endometriosis can cause infertility.
Endometriosis is known for one primary symptom: severe pain that often is related to your menstrual cycle.
The severity of your pain doesn’t necessarily reflect the extent of your endometriosis. You could have a small patch of endometriosis and experience severe pain, or you could have extensive endometriosis with mild pain.
Endometriosis can make it hard to get pregnant. Many women who don’t develop symptoms discover they have endometriosis when they schedule an infertility evaluation because they haven’t been able to conceive. An estimated 40% of women with infertility have endometriosis.
Your treatment is based on the severity of your symptoms and whether you plan to have a baby in the future. The most conservative treatment begins with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve your pain and hormonal medication to reduce or stop your menstrual periods. When you can’t tolerate your symptoms or you want to improve your fertility, your doctor at Garden OB/GYN may recommend minimally invasive surgery to remove the patches of endometriosis. Pelvic pain is a generic symptom that arises from many possible gynecologic conditions. To determine whether your pain is due to endometriosis, schedule an appointment by calling Garden OB/GYN or using the online booking feature.