Find Treatment for Endometriosis in Williamsport & Wellsboro, PA
Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue — the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus — grows elsewhere in the body. In women with endometriosis, this tissue may be found on the ovaries, bladder, bowel, outside of the uterus and elsewhere on the inside of the abdomen.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Not all women experience endometriosis the same way. In fact, some women don’t experience any symptoms.
Endometriosis symptoms may include:
- Pain in the lower abdominal area
- Painful bowel movements or urination during menstrual periods
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Pain during sex
Causes of Endometriosis
Doctors do not know the exact cause of endometriosis. Possible causes may include gene mutations, since endometriosis can run in families. Previous surgery on the uterus and immune disorders may be factors that lead to endometriosis as well.
Treatment and Prevention of Endometriosis
Treatment and prevention options depend on the severity of your endometriosis, your medical history and your reproductive goals.
Treatment may include:
Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can help ease some endometriosis pains.
Lifestyle changes: Exercising regularly and avoiding alcohol and caffeine may improve symptoms.
Hormone therapy: Hormone medications can help control hormone levels and decrease endometriosis symptoms. Examples of hormone therapy include birth control pills, progestin-containing IUDs, contraceptive injections and medications that help block the release of hormones.
Surgery: While surgery is not a cure for endometriosis, doctors can perform surgery to remove endometrial tissue that’s outside of the uterus. Surgery can also help improve fertility in women with endometriosis or when less invasive treatments have not provided symptom relief. In severe cases or if a woman does not want children in the future, doctors may remove her uterus and/or ovaries.
- Fertility treatment: Your healthcare provider may refer you to a fertility specialist for treatment if you’re struggling to get pregnant.
At UPMC Susquehanna, treatment plans for endometriosis are tailored to your individual needs. To determine which course of treatment may work best, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna.
UPMC Susquehanna is dedicated to offering excellent care to women with endometriosis in Williamsport, Wellsboro, and surrounding areas of PA.