March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in about 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, and is most often diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s.
The most common symptom of endometriosis is chronic pelvic pain, especially just before and during the menstrual period. Pain also may occur during sexual intercourse, and during bowel movements or urination if it affects the bowel/bladder. Heavy menstrual bleeding is another symptom of endometriosis. Many women with endometriosis have no symptoms, and often learn they have endometriosis when they cannot get pregnant or when they are having surgery for something else.
Our Physicians have the knowledge and experience to understand that chronic pelvic pain can be attributed to a number of different causes. After an exam and any necessary testing, we will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and help you determine the treatment option best suited for your diagnosis.
To learn more about endometriosis, visit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/endometriosis