Endometriosis affects approximately 11% of women in the United States in their reproductive years. Board certified OB/GYNs Dr. Rachel Kulsak and Dr. Parmorn Kulsak offer diagnoses and treatment for endometriosis at Fox Valley Comprehensive Women's Health Care in Elgin, Illinois, so that you can avoid the painful symptoms and infertility caused by this gynecological condition. For more information about endometriosis, call the office or book an appointment online.
When tissue similar to the lining of your uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of your womb, you receive an endometriosis diagnosis. Endometrial tissue typically grows on your reproductive organs, including your:
This tissue can also grow on your rectum, bowel, and in rare cases, spread to other areas of your body.
Endometriosis presents a number of symptoms that can mimic other conditions, making it difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of endometriosis can include:
Many of these symptoms can present with other pelvic health issues. That’s why Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak may order tests to rule out gynecological issues such as fibroids.
Endometrial tissue is sometimes evident during your pelvic exam, but not often. Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak may perform blood and imaging tests to rule out other causes.
The only surefire way to diagnose endometriosis is with laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgery allows the doctors to view your reproductive organs and take a biopsy, if necessary, to identify endometrial tissue.
Endometriosis has no cure, but it’s possible to control the symptoms and manage the growth of excess tissue. If you’re not trying to get pregnant, hormonal birth control methods, such as the pill, the shot, or certain IUDs, may alleviate your symptoms. Hormonal treatments are best if your symptoms are mild and the pain is not severe.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak may suggest gonadotropin-releasing hormones to temporarily halt your menstrual cycle and ease the growth of endometrial tissue. When you go off the medications, you may have a better chance of getting pregnant.
Surgery is another treatment option for endometriosis. Laparoscopic surgery targets patches of tissue, and in severe cases, a hysterectomy may be the only way to alleviate endometriosis. Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak discuss all the available treatment options in detail to help you decide the best course of treatment.
To learn more about endometriosis and treatment, call the office of Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Center or book an appointment online.
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