Growing up, most girls go through painful menstruation cramps. They depend upon painkiller tablets, hot water bags and dietary changes to cope with the pain, but leave it at just that. However, as more and more research is being done on the female reproductive health, it has become evident that any kind of pelvic pain and difficulties must be diagnosed and treated at the earliest.
For instance, endometriosis is a very painful disorder, in which the female uterus lining called the endometrium grows outside of the uterus. As this lining tissue normally forms inside the uterus, its presence anywhere outside it, like ovaries, fallopian tubes or other regions in the pelvis is considered to be abnormal.
As menstruation is a natural process where the endometrial lining collapses and flows out of the uterus in the absence of an embryo during each menstrual period, the displaced endometrial tissue also acts the same. It thickens, breaks and bleeds, but gets trapped within the body as there is no way for the displaced tissue to exit the body. This causes the surrounding tissue to get irritates, leading to scarring and adhesions in the pelvic region.
The most common symptoms of Endometriosis is extreme pelvic pain, bleeding and cramping during the menstrual period. Women with the disorder may also experience painful intercourse during or after the act. Lower back and abdominal pain are also quite common in women suffering from endometriosis.
So why is it necessary to diagnose and treat the condition?
Most women who suffer from this condition suffer from severe pains especially during menstrual periods. Prolonged existence of the condition can also lead to fertility issues in women.
As the condition is difficult to manage on its own and has serious repercussions regarding the female’s ability to conceive, it is very important to go for an early diagnosis. Undergoing the right endometriosis treatment as recommended by a gynecologist will help women suffering from the condition to live a healthier life.
Diagnosis and treatment
To diagnose endometriosis, our gynecologists will check for physical clues. A pelvic exam, for instance will reveal the presence of abnormalities like cysts or scars behind your uterus or other reproductive organs. For further observations, our specialist will recommend an ultrasound examination. A standard ultrasound imaging test can identify cysts associated with endometriosis, which our gynecologists may recommend for you, to help them study and plan the endometriosis treatment.
An MRI on the other hand creates a detailed image of the organs and tissues inside the patient’s body. If our specialists recommend you for a surgery, the MRI test can help plan the procedure better depending upon the size and location of the endometriosis.
For surgical removal of the endometrial tissue, our gynecologists may refer you to a surgeon. In this case, a small viewing instrument called a laparoscope is inserted into your body through a tiny incision near your navel, which will help the surgeon locate the tissue, understand it’s size and remove it accordingly from the body.
Do you suffer from extreme period pains or other pelvic discomforts? Consult with our gynecologist and start your endometriosis treatments today.