Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus. Endometrial tissue is similar to the endometrium, which is the tissue that lines your uterus. If you have endometriosis, that tissue typically develops on other organs found in your abdomen like your ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outside of your uterus, and the muscle between your vagina and rectum. It can also develop on your bladder, bowel, cervix, and vulva. In rare cases, endometrial tissue may even develop elsewhere in the body.
Endometriosis causes painful and irregular periods. You may experience abnormally heavy bleeding and cramping. Other symptoms associated with this painful and chronic condition include:
Dr. Brody may use a variety of treatments to reduce your symptoms of endometriosis and slow or stop the development of endometrial tissue outside of your uterus. While Dr. Brody helps to reduce your symptoms, he also helps to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
In terms of symptom management, pain relief is often the first step. He may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or something a little stronger.
You may also benefit from taking a birth control pill to regulate your hormones which control your periods. Many patients find that birth control pills decrease the amount of blood and reduce cramping. If your periods have been irregular, birth control also helps to get you back on a predictable cycle.
Dr. Brody may suggest other hormonal treatments like progesterone, testosterone derivatives, or gonadotropin-releasing hormone drugs.
Dr. Brody also helps you to improve your overall health and wellbeing so that your body is better equipped to heal and recover from endometriosis. He’ll suggest dietary changes and encourage regular exercise. Often maintaining a healthy weight helps to reduce your symptoms and regulate your hormone production.
In rare cases, you might need surgery to remove the endometrial growths from your body. When this is needed, Dr. Brody suggests minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. This results in quicker and easier recovery for you.
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