Endometriosis is a common condition affecting an estimated one out of every 10 women. For those in the greater Phoenix area, Victor Kissil, DO, of Deer Valley OB/GYN offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options. Finding relief from endometriosis symptoms can make a world of difference in your daily quality of life, so book an appointment today to get started. You can set up your visit online or by phone.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the interior of your uterus, called endometrium, begins to grow outside of your uterus. It develops on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or on other tissue types lining your pelvis. In rare cases, endometrium grows outside the pelvic region.
This tissue grows through the same cycle as the endometrial tissue inside your uterus. It thickens, begins to break down, and bleeds as you move through your menstrual cycle. The problem is that, unlike the endometrium in your uterus that sheds during your period, endometrium inside your pelvis is trapped and has no way to exit your body. That causes numerous problems and a wide range of painful symptoms.
The most common symptom is widespread pelvic pain that often grows worse during your period. Additional symptoms include:
Because these symptoms mimic those of many other gynecologic conditions, endometriosis is difficult to diagnose, leaving many women to suffer for years before they gain an understanding of what’s causing their symptoms.
Dr. Kissil creates a customized treatment plan based on your symptoms, lifestyle, and plans for motherhood. It may take some time to find the approach that works best for you, and your treatment plan might change over time.
Some treatment options include:
Hysterectomy is only used in cases where more conservative treatments fail to improve symptoms, and for women who are sure they don’t want to become pregnant. If a hysterectomy is the best treatment path, Dr. Kissil helps you manage the hormonal changes that occur when your uterus and/or ovaries are removed.
If endometriosis impacts your fertility, treatment focuses on helping you conceive and carry your child to term. Pregnancy often eases endometriosis symptoms, but additional treatment is necessary after childbirth.
If you’re experiencing troubling symptoms and looking for answers, book a visit with Dr. Kissil to determine if endometriosis is to blame. You can book online or by phone, and same-day appointments are available.