Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health
Female Urology & Gynecology located in Auburn, CA
About one in 10 women of childbearing age suffers from endometriosis. For many, the pain, bloating, and heavy bleeding are debilitating. Women in and around California’s Sierra Foothills community can find relief from endometriosis symptoms at Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health. Using proven, innovative treatments, James S. Dunn, Jr. MD, and his team diagnose and treat endometriosis, allowing women to enjoy a pain-free life again. To learn more about effective treatments for this common condition, call or book your appointment online with Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health today.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful condition where the tissue that is normally found inside your uterus grows in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or pelvic tissue. The displaced endometrial tissue acts as it would inside the uterus, continuing to swell, breaking down, and bleeding during every menstrual cycle.
Because this blood has nowhere to exit the body, it gets trapped, forming cysts and tough bands of scar tissue around the pelvic tissue and organs. Endometriosis affects girls and women during their reproductive years. Some women find that symptoms subside with menopause. For others, adhesions and scar tissue continue to cause pain well after they have stopped menstruating.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Many women assume their symptoms are a normal part of their menstrual cycle. As a result, they never seek help. Dr. Dunn wants to know if you are having pain or bleeding. Your symptoms could indicate something more serious is going on.
Endometriosis symptoms include:
- Bleeding between periods
- Discomfort during intercourse
- Heavy periods
- Pain with bowel movements or urination
- Painful ovulation
- Painful periods
These symptoms take a toll on your emotional and mental health as well. Living with endometrial pain leaves many women feeling anxious, depressed, and isolated. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to have the cause diagnosed and to take steps toward relief for your physical and emotional well-being.
How is endometriosis treated?
Because endometriosis symptoms are often confused with other conditions, including pelvic inflammatory disease and irritable bowel syndrome, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and seek the appropriate treatment.
While endometriosis has no cure, it can be effectively managed under a doctor’s care. Dr. Dunn thoroughly evaluates your overall health, family history, symptoms, and diagnostic and imaging results before creating your personal treatment plan.
Treatment for endometriosis can include:
- Pain medication: anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the pain of cramps
- Hormone therapy: supplemental hormones to slow down endometrial tissue growth and prevent future implants
- Conservative surgical therapy: minimally invasive procedures to remove implants, minimize bleeding, and preserve fertility
Some women, though, find these methods ineffective in relieving their condition. If that’s the case with you, Dr. Dunn can recommend a hysterectomy to remove the ovaries and uterus. Dr. Dunn explains the risks, alternatives, and benefits of your options to help you make the right decision for you.
You no longer have to suffer from endometrial pain and bleeding. Call or book your appointment online today to take the first step toward relief.