When your periods are long, heavy, and painful, you may have a condition known as endometriosis, in which some of your menstrual blood is trapped in your body. Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, or Dr. Nerissa C. Safie at Trinity Women’s Health diagnose and treat endometriosis with different options for therapies that give you relief. If you live in the Murrieta, California area and want relief from menstrual pain and excessive bleeding, book an endometriosis consultation with the online form or by calling the friendly and supportive Trinity team.
Pelvic pain can occur for many reasons, but one of the most common is endometriosis, a condition that affects the lining of your uterus. About one in every 10 women has endometriosis, which is most likely to occur when you’re in your 30s or 40s.
Endometriosis is an abnormal growth of your uterine lining (the endometrium) outside of your uterine cavity. If you have endometriosis, your endometrium may be growing on the outside of your uterus, on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or on other pelvic-cavity organs.
Each month, the normal endometrium inside your uterus swells with nutrient-rich blood in preparation for an embryo. If you don’t become pregnant, the lining sheds through your vagina in the form of your menstrual blood.
If you have endometriosis, the portions of the endometrium that are outside of your uterine cavity swell with blood each month, just as they should. The trouble arises when it’s time for your endometrium to shed. The aberrant tissue can’t exit through your vagina, so it collects in your pelvis, leading to pressure and pain.
Researchers aren’t sure what causes your endometrium to grow outside of your uterus. Endometriosis is associated with high levels of estrogen and usually resolves after menopause.
If you have a mild case of endometriosis, you may not have any symptoms at all. Your Trinity OB/GYN may diagnose endometriosis during a physical examination or ultrasound. If you do have symptoms, the most common ones include:
Endometriosis is incurable. However, your Trinity team helps you manage symptoms with over-the-counter painkillers or by balancing your hormones with birth-control pills or hormone therapy.
If you have endometriosis and are hoping to become pregnant, your Trinity OB/GYN can remove the abnormal growths with laparoscopic surgery. Destroying the abnormal endometrial growth may increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
For relief from endometriosis, contact the caring team at Trinity Women’s Health by phone or online form.