When endometriosis has caused you pain, frustration, or infertility, you know that treatment is important for your physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Anthony Caruso, of Woodridge, Illinois, offers experience and treatment options that may help you relieve your symptoms and return to a better state of health. For a consultation about your endometriosis, call or book your appointment online with A Bella Baby OBGYN today.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic, painful health concern for women wherein the tissue that normally grows inside the uterine wall — this is called endometrial tissue — is found outside the uterus. With this condition, endometrial tissue can grow in several places, including:
- Vaginal wall
When this happens, inflammation and scarring can occur. This can be very painful and may prevent fertility. Endometriosis affects around 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years and may start as early as a girl’s first menstrual cycle.
Dr. Caruso is experienced in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of this difficult-to-manage health concern.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Because the endometrial tissue is specialized tissue that changes monthly, this condition is worse at some times than others. Symptoms often correlate with a woman’s menstrual cycle, and their severity is strongly affected by hormone fluctuations. They may improve with pregnancy and may resolve after menopause, but this is not guaranteed.
The most common symptoms of endometriosis are:
- Painful periods
- Painful ovulation
- Painful intercourse
- Heavy periods
- Chronic pelvic pain
Aside from negatively impacting your physical well-being, this condition can also affect your emotional, psychological, and mental state. Dr. Caruso and his team are mindful of this and especially understand the effect endometriosis can have on your most intimate relationships, and the emotional pain it can cause if you are unable to get pregnant.
What is the method for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis?
When you consult with Dr. Caruso, he takes an in-depth health history and performs a thorough physical exam. He takes care to understand your symptoms and to suggest a treatment plan to give you the best chance of relief.
Endometriosis is often difficult to diagnose and may require:
- Pelvic exam
- In-office vaginal ultrasound
- In-office abdominal ultrasound
- Endometrial biopsy
Once the areas of endometriosis are located, Dr. Caruso applies a number of approaches to the treatment of your condition.
These approaches to treatment are in an effort to reduce symptoms or remove the endometrial tissues altogether:
- Natural hormone therapy
- Pain medication
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
- Invasive surgery, including hysterectomy
Dr. Caruso and his team of providers are fully committed to helping you find relief from your endometrial pain. In treating endometriosis, they offer a multidisciplinary approach, which may include specialists from other fields, if needed.
If you would like to consult with Dr. Caruso about your endometriosis symptoms, call or book your appointment online today.