Endometriosis is a common gynecological disorder that can cause pain and difficulty getting pregnant. Marcela McDonald, MD, FACOG and Jean Hundley, MD, FACOG at Capital Women's Care Howard County located in Fulton, MD, treat painful symptoms of endometriosis and discuss options that may help you get pregnant. If you suspect you may have endometriosis, call Capital Women's Care Howard County, or book an appointment online today.
Endometriosis happens when the tissue that normally grows inside your uterus and sheds during your menstrual period starts to develop in other places outside your uterus. This tissue is called endometrium.
This disorder most often affects the following organs:
Rarely, endometriosis may affect areas outside your reproductive system, such as your bladder or intestines.
The endometrium that grows outside your uterus continues to develop and shed with your menstrual cycles. Since this tissue has nowhere to exit your body, it becomes trapped. This may lead to pelvic pain that may get worse during your period.
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. Although pelvic pain is normal during your menstrual period, endometriosis can cause severe pain that’s much worse than what most women experience. This pain may grow worse over time.
Other potential symptoms of endometriosis include:
Any woman who menstruates can get endometriosis, but this disorder is most frequently diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s. Certain factors may increase your risk of getting endometriosis, such as:
First, your OB/GYN at Capital Women’s Care reviews your medical history and performs a complete pelvic exam to check for signs of endometriosis. If they suspect you may have endometriosis, they may look for visible signs of the disorder with an ultrasound.
Though there’s currently no cure for endometriosis, your Capital Women’s Care provider works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Depending on your needs, this may include:
If you have endometriosis and are trying to get pregnant, your provider can recommend treatments to help with that, too.
For more information about coping with endometriosis, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Capital Women’s Care.