Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

Endometriosis causes pain and heavy periods for one in 10 women in the United States and 170 million women worldwide. At Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, the experienced team of gynecologists offers comprehensive care for endometriosis, including onsite diagnostics and laparoscopic treatments. The medical staff provides long-term care plans for managing endometriosis and provides infertility counseling if you’re having difficulties conceiving because of your condition. Learn more about your options for treating endometriosis by calling Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, or requesting an appointment online today.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining begins growing outside of your uterus. The lining can grow around nearby structures, such as your ovaries and fallopian tubes. In advanced cases of endometriosis, the uterine lining grows on your bladder, bowel, or rectum.

Even though the lining grows outside of the uterus, it continues acting like it normally does, thickening and breaking down each month. However, there’s nowhere for the lining to go once it breaks down, which can result in chronic pain, infertility, and other health complications.

There’s no clear understanding of what causes endometriosis, but you may be at increased risk due to:

  • Genetics
  • Hormone changes
  • Immune system dysfunction

In some cases, abdominal surgery, including cesarean sections, can increase your risk for the condition if endometrial tissue is inadvertently moved.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Chronic pain is very common in endometriosis, especially in your lower back and pelvic region. Some women also experience severe pain during sex, urination, and bowel movements.

Other common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Bloating
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Spotting between periods
  • Frequent diarrhea and/or constipation

For many women, endometriosis causes issues with infertility. The excess uterine tissue can prevent sperm and egg from meeting for fertilization.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider diagnoses endometriosis during a pelvic exam. They may use ultrasound technology to get a better look at your inner reproductive structures and identify excess tissue growth.

To confirm the severity of your condition, you may need a laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows your doctor a close-up view of your pelvic region.

How is endometriosis treated?

There’s no cure for endometriosis, but your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider can give you treatment and resources to help you manage your condition and keep you pain free.

If you’re not planning to become pregnant, you may be a good candidate for hormonal birth control to treat heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. Birth control options include oral medications and the IUD.

If you’re planning to conceive, your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider may recommend laparoscopic surgery to remove excess tissue. They also provide infertility counseling services in-office that focus on increasing your chances of becoming pregnant.

If you need a diagnosis for unexplained pelvic pain or a treatment plan for endometriosis, call Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, today or request a consultation online today.