Struggling with pelvic pain? It may be related to endometriosis; we are here to help. Endometriosis is a common condition that develops in 1 out of 10 women. It occurs when the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, is found outside of the uterus. Endometriosis can implant along pelvic organs including fallopian tubes and ovaries. Endometrial implants respond to estrogen produced by the ovaries and can grow and shed like the uterine lining does during the menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can cause pelvic tissues to become inflamed & swollen, causing painful menses. It can also lead to formation of scar tissue or adhesions and issues with fertility.
Treatment depends on severity of the disease and desire for future childbearing. If endometriosis is suspected, a trial of hormonal medication therapy and pelvic floor physical therapy is typically first recommended. If improvement is not achieved with these, surgery may be advised. Medication therapy is typically continued after surgery.