Endometriosis Treatment in New Jersey
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, which is the tissue that lines the uterus, is found places outside the uterus, such as the abdomen, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic cavity. This misplaced tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds in the same way that it does in the uterus. Because the misplaced tissue has no way of leaving the body, it can result in internal bleeding and inflammation.
This disease causes extreme pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems – affecting millions of women worldwide. While many women experience painful cramping during their periods, women with endometriosis most commonly experience extreme pelvic pain that worsens over time. Other common signs of this disease include:
Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Pelvic, abdominal, and lower back pain during your period
- Painful intercourse
- Excessive bleeding
- Painful bowel movements or urination
Causes of Endometriosis
While there are many theories to what may cause endometriosis, the exact cause is unknown. Some common explanations include:
- Retrograde MenstruationThis is when a woman’s menstrual blood, which contains endometrial cells, flows back into the pelvic cavity, rather than out of the body. They continue to thicken and bleed during future menstrual cycles.
- Induction TheorySome experts believe that hormones or immune factors promote cells that line the inner side of your abdomen into endometrial cells.
- Immune System DisorderOthers believe that if there is a problem with a woman’s immune system, her body may be unable to recognize and destroy the endometrial tissue that is growing in places it should not be growing in.
Treatment of Endometriosis
While there is no cure for endometriosis, treatment can help with any associated pain and infertility issues it may be causing. Depending on the severity of the disease, your gynecologist will suggest the best course of action. Treatment can range from medications to laparoscopic surgery.
Gynecologist in Livingston, NJ
If you think you may be suffering from endometriosis, visit a gynecologist right away. With 40 years in practice, Dr. Quartell can test to see if you have endometriosis, and decide what the best course of action is for you. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please contact us today.