What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic and often debilitating condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, grows outside the uterus. This misplaced tissue can cause inflammation, scarring, and the formation of painful lesions on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic lining, and other pelvic organs. Endometriosis can result in symptoms such as pelvic pain, painful periods, infertility, fatigue, and gastrointestinal issues.

Our Approach:

At SI OB/GYN, we understand the complex nature of endometriosis and its impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Our team of physicians will provide personalized care and comprehensive treatment plans tailored to your specific needs.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: What causes endometriosis?
A: The exact cause of endometriosis is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, hormonal, and immune factors. Retrograde menstruation, where menstrual blood flows backward into the pelvic cavity, is one proposed theory.

Q: Is endometriosis curable?
A: While there is currently no cure for endometriosis, various treatments can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. With proper management, many individuals with endometriosis can lead fulfilling lives.

Q: Can endometriosis affect fertility?
A: Endometriosis can affect fertility by causing inflammation, scarring, and anatomical changes that may interfere with the ability to conceive naturally. However, many women with endometriosis are still able to achieve pregnancy with appropriate treatment and support.

Q: How is endometriosis diagnosed?
A: Endometriosis is diagnosed through a combination of medical history review, pelvic examination, imaging studies (such as ultrasound or MRI), and minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopy.

Q: What treatment options are available for endometriosis?
A: Treatment options for endometriosis include hormonal therapies, pain management strategies, surgical intervention to remove endometrial implants and scar tissue, and fertility preservation techniques. The most appropriate treatment plan will depend on the severity of symptoms, the extent of disease, and your reproductive goals.