What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is when cells that normally grow inside the uterus grow outside of it because the immune system fails to get rid of endometrial tissue. Endometriosis can run in families, so if you have a grandmother, mother, or sister with endometriosis you may be more likely to be diagnosed.
It is important to understand that endometriosis and endometrial cancer are NOT the same thing. Endometrial cancer is a cancer that grows on the lining of the inside of the uterus. Endometriosis is not cancer, however having endometriosis does lead to a slightly increased risk for ovarian cancer. Staying up to date on wellness checks and preventative care can help ensure you stay happy and healthy. The Kaldas Center is nationally recognized for its work in endometriosis, and have helped countless women reclaim their lives. We are sensitive to our patient’s needs, and even wrote this helpful blog post called “What Women with Endometriosis Want You to Know”
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. Here is a testimonial from one of our patients about her experience at the Kaldas Center:
Treatments depend of the severity of the condition, your age, how severe your symptoms are, and if your endometriosis is affecting your fertility. Approximately 1 in 4 women with mild endometriosis require no treatment and the condition goes away on its own.
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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