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Endometriosis symptoms can vary widely from person to person. This is one of the main reasons why it is so difficult to diagnose.

On average, women with endometriosis experience a delay in diagnosis of 10 years. Our healthcare team at HerMD is on a mission to end the delays in diagnosis for women.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic disorder that occurs when the tissue that usually grows inside the uterus (the endometrium), is present outside of the uterus.

Endometriosis is common

Endometriosis occurs in about 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Endometriosis can cause a wide variety of symptoms in some women, but many women do not experience any symptoms at all.

In symptomatic women, the most common symptoms associated with endometriosis include:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain with menstruation
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Painful bowel movements

Can Endometriosis be Treated?

When endometriosis causes symptoms, treatment with certain medications and/or surgery can help to alleviate symptoms and treat endometriosis. Treatment for endometriosis will depend on the severity of symptoms and an individual’s desire to have children.

Medication treatment options can include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, to manage endometriosis-related pelvic pain
  • Oral contraceptives, to regulate the menstrual cycle and to manage endometriosis-related pelvic pain
  • GnRH analog, to manage endometriosis

Surgical treatment options can include:

  • Laparoscopy, to remove tissue and scarring in patients who are resistant to or not improving on medical management
  • Hysterectomy +/- bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, a procedure that removes the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

What to expect on your visit

During your visit, you can expect your care team to listen to and address all of your concerns in a safe and trusted space. A consultation for endometriosis may include:

  • A history and physical examination
  • Labs
  • Imaging
What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic disorder that occurs when the tissue that usually grows inside the uterus (the endometrium), is present outside of the uterus.

What are the symptoms for endometriosis?

The most common symptoms of endometriosis include:
 
– Chronic pelvic pain
– Pain with menstruation
– Pain with sexual intercourse
– Painful bowel movements

Other symptoms can include fatigue, anxiety or depression, abdominal bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and infertility.

What are the common treatment options for endometriosis?

The common treatments for endometriosis include medical and surgical options. Medical options can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, oral contraceptives, and GnRH analogs. Surgical treatment options can include laparoscopy or hysterectomy +/- bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.

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