Approximately one in every ten women of reproductive age has pain and heavy bleeding caused by endometriosis. Endometriosis is one of the most common conditions affecting women, yet it often goes misdiagnosed or untreated. At Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG treat endometriosis early before it leads to infertility, miscarriage, and early labor. Schedule your appointment with Central Oregon OB/GYN by telephone to take the first step to relief from endometrial pain and discomfort.
Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that lines the uterus, or womb, grows in other parts of the body. Endometriosis usually occurs on the:
Endometrial growths bleed in much the same way the uterine lining does during your menstrual period. As these growths swell and bleed, they have nowhere to go causing many of the uncomfortable symptoms of endometriosis.
Endometrial growths can trap blood creating ovarian cysts, form scar tissue that binds organs together, and lead to problems of the bladder and intestines. Though endometrial lesions cause many health problems, they are nearly always benign, or non-cancerous.
Pain is the most common sign of endometriosis, though women experience it differently. Some women have pain during menstruation, before or during sex, or during bowel movements. This pain usually occurs in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis.
Other endometriosis symptoms include:
Dr. Murphy and Dr. LeGrand use a pelvic exam, ultrasound imaging, and laparoscopic surgery to look for endometrial tissue. It’s vital to diagnose endometriosis because without treatment it can lead to fertility and pregnancy problems.
Your endometriosis treatment depends on many factors including your age, symptoms, overall health, and severity of your disorder. Dr. Murphy and Dr. LeGrand find a combination of medication and surgery to be highly effective in slowing endometrial growth and reducing symptoms.
Lupron Depot is a prescription medication that interrupts the signals from the brain to the ovaries, slowing the production of estrogen, inhibiting the growth of endometrial tissue. For some women, Lupron Depot also shrinks existing endometriotic lesions. Your doctor injects Lupron under the skin every month, every few months, or once a year.
If your endometriosis is more severe and impacts your quality of life, your doctor may recommend surgery. During laparoscopic surgery, your doctor inserts surgical tools and a camera into the body through a small incision to locate, destroy, and remove lesions and scar tissue.
Chronic pain not only impacts you physically but often affects your emotional health as well. There is relief from chronic pelvic pain and bleeding associated with endometriosis.
To learn more about your treatment options, call to schedule an exam with Dr. LeGrand or Dr. Murphy today.