Endometriosis could be the cause of your painful periods, or perhaps it’s the reason you’re unable to become pregnant. This condition affects approximately 176 million women during their reproductive years. Some women experience painful symptoms, while others have no idea that they have the condition at all. Dr. Darshna Chandrasekhara at Gateway OB/GYN can help to diagnose your condition and manage your symptoms, if necessary. If you think you might be suffering from endometriosis and live near Irving, Texas, call Dr. Chandrasekhara, or schedule an appointment online.
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue lining your uterus is present on other organs inside your body as well. Endometriosis is usually found in your lower abdomen, or pelvis, but can appear anywhere in your body. Women with endometriosis often experience lower abdominal pain, painful periods, or pain while having sex. Sometimes, women may have a hard time becoming pregnant. Other times, some women with endometriosis may not experience any symptoms at all.
There are many different theories for the possible reasons you could develop endometriosis. Some possible explanations include:
Dr. Chandrasekhara performs a laparoscopy -- a surgery where she takes a sample of your tissue that she suspects to be an endometriosis lesion. During a laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Chandrasekhara views your abdomen with a camera she inserts through your belly button. Using this method, Dr. Chandrasekhara can find endometriosis within your abdomen and on or within your ovaries.
Although there is not a cure for endometriosis, there are a few options that Dr. Chandrasekhara can suggest to help manage your condition. A few of these options include:
If you suspect you might be suffering from endometriosis, call Dr. Chandrasekhara, or schedule an appointment online.