What is Endometriosis?
It’s when cells that normally grow inside the uterus grow outside of it because the immune system fails to get rid of endometiral tissue. Endometriosis tends to run in families so if your mom or sister has endometriosis, there’s a chance you might as well.
Endometriosis and endometrial cancer are NOT the same thing. Endometriosis is not cancer. Endometrial cancer is a cancer that grows on the lining of the inside of the uterus. Having endometriosis does lead to a slight risk for ovarian cancer.
Approximately 1 in 4 women experience their mild endometriosis going away on its own.
The main symptom of endometriosis are;
- Mild to severe pain or cramping in the pelvic area
- Cramping in the the lower back, buttocks, and/or legs
- Heavy periods
- Spotting or bleeding between menstrual cycles
Some women don’t have any pain at all. If you experiencing these symptoms and it affects your life, visit with your doctor.
- Genetic (you’re born with it)
- Abnormal creation of the estrogen hormone
While endometriosis can be treated with pain medication and hormone treatment (like birth control pills), laparoscopic surgery or a hysterectomy are the best treatment options.
Treatments depend of the severity of the condition, your age, how severe your symptoms are, and if your endometriosis is affecting your fertility.
Dr. Kaldas and his staff helped me in understanding my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which contributed to other health concerns besides infertility. Beyond this condition I was also laden with endometriosis that has surfaced throughout the years. I underwent a laparoscopic hysterectomy, left sided salpingo-oophorectomy. He was very confident that the outcome would eliminate all of my pain, which had become unbearable at times, as well as potentially give me an opportunity for even better health. I consider myself blessed that he is my doctor.- Kelly / Appleton, WI