March is National Endometriosis Month which raises awareness on a condition that impacts around five million women in the United States. Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus according to the Center for Reproductive Medicine & Advanced Reproductive Technologies.
There are numerous ways endometriosis can affect fertility by damaging or blocking the inside of the fallopian tube, scarring or wounds in the pelvis, ovaries or fallopian tubes just to name a few. There isn’t a specific cause of endometriosis, however, a few possible causes that can be linked to the condition are problems with a menstrual period flow, genetic factors, immune system issues, hormones and surgeries such as a Cesarean or hysterectomy.
Endometriosis is diagnosed by having your OBGYN perform a pelvic exam, having an image test (like an ultrasound) or a laparoscopy. A Laparoscopy is a type of surgery that allows the doctors to look within the pelvic area to see endometriosis tissue.
If you are concerned about potentially being someone who hasn’t been diagnosed with endometriosis but you have similar symptoms, schedule an appointment with an OBGYN here in the corridor.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano is such a great hospital that provides endocrinology. Endocrinology goes hand in hand with endometriosis due to the fact that hormonal factors such as diabetes mellitus, infertility, thyroid disorders, obesity and much more. These conditions or disorders can impact endometriosis in one way or another. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano have about five doctors that specialize in endocrinology and they are able to find triggers, causes or reasons why you may have endometriosis or they have medical advice on how to better treat your condition.
At Aspire Fertility, John Wu (MD) and Christine Mansfield (MD) are providers that make it their mission to help women understand any possible disorder or condition that they might have and find treatment best for them. Aspire Fertility have many services available to patients such as infertility diagnosis and testing, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and more.
John Paul Roberts (MD) works hard to help women find and tackle issues that may be impacting their fertility. Diagnosis and treatment are vital to a woman’s wellbeing and Dr. Roberts encourages his patients to visit his office to have any concerns or questions about their reproductive health. Services include those that cater to infertility, irregular bleeding, birth control and pap smears among many.
Lastly, Northlake OBGYN will perform an initial infertility evaluation to properly diagnose endometriosis. Blood work, urine tests and a full physical exam with a patient’s medical history are also collected to determine appropriate diagnosis of infertility.
It is super important to disclose all of your symptoms and concerns to your OBGYN in order to receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Make sure you have all of your questions answered by your chosen OBGYN and make sure that you know that your doctor cares for you and your reproductive health.