About 1 in 10 women will develop endometriosis during their childbearing years. To help you manage the pain and heavy periods that can develop from endometriosis, Joseph Roofeh, MD, offers diagnostic testing and treatments on-site at his office in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. He can guide you with birth control, medications, and minimally invasive surgical procedures to restore your reproductive health and keep endometriosis under control. Call the office or book an endometriosis consultation online today.
Endometriosis is a painful gynecological disorder where your uterine lining (endometrium) grows outside your uterus.
This tissue can grow on nearby pelvic organs, including your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bladder. However, the excess tissue continues to act as it typically does — thickening and breaking down each month during your menstrual cycle.
Symptoms of endometriosis develop because the tissue has no way to leave your body and becomes trapped inside.
The underlying cause of endometriosis isn’t well understood. Still, your risk for the condition might increase if you have a family history of endometriosis, if you start your period at an early age, or if you’ve never given birth.
Endometriosis can cause a wide range of symptoms that vary from woman to woman. One of the most common symptoms of endometriosis is persistent pelvic pain that worsens with your period.
You may also experience endometriosis symptoms like:
For some women, endometriosis can cause pain during sex and increase their risk for infertility. If you have any endometriosis symptoms, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Roofeh.
Some endometriosis symptoms can be similar to other medical conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), so you need an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Roofeh can perform pelvic exams and order ultrasound imaging to confirm endometriosis and customize a care plan to treat it.
Treatment for endometriosis may initially start with over-the-counter (OTC) or anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pelvic pain and cramps. Dr. Roofeh continues to monitor your symptoms to determine if you need additional treatment.
Some women benefit from hormonal birth control pills to slow endometrial tissue growth and relieve endometriosis symptoms.
If medication therapy isn’t enough to treat your endometriosis pain or if you struggle with infertility because of the disease, you may need surgery. Dr. Roofeh performs minimally invasive surgical procedures to remove excess endometrial tissue from your pelvic organs.
If you have symptoms of endometriosis that need a diagnosis, call the office of Joseph Roofeh, MD, or book online today.