Why do fertility specialists also diagnose and treat endometriosis?
Periods are a pain, but did you know that an underlying condition could cause both uncomfortable symptoms and infertility? Our endometriosis doctors in Austin have pursued sub-specialty training to diagnose and treat endometriosis. Even if you are not currently trying to get pregnant, a fertility specialist can help manage your symptoms while protecting your future family-building options—particularly when your case requires surgical intervention.
How do I know if it’s endometriosis?
Endometriosis may not cause excessive levels of pain but instead hide behind the myriad of symptoms women associate with their periods: bloating, nausea or spotting between periods. Some women do, however, experience pain so intense that it causes them to miss school or work. Ask yourself:
- Do you have painful periods, pain during intercourse or low back aches?
- Is there rectal pain or pain while urinating?
- Do you notice abnormal bleeding?
- Do you have a mother, sister or aunt who experienced trouble getting pregnant or had a confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis?
If you have endometriosis, you are not alone: 10% of women have it and, of those, the condition will lead to infertility issues 40-65% of the time.
Our Austin doctors can treat endometriosis
Medical records, an ultrasound test or a family history will alert us to endometriosis. The pattern and side effects of your menstrual cycle give us great clues about whether or not you have this condition.
The most effective course of treatment may be a type of minimally invasive surgery called laparoscopy. Endometriosis occurs when cells from the tissue lining the uterus migrate outside of the uterus and mimic the uterine lining each month in places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and peritoneum, the lining of the abdomen or pelvis. These implants disrupt a woman’s reproductive system, and can be difficult to spot on imaging tests.
To optimize your outcome, look for an Austin endometriosis doctor with exceptional surgical skills and advanced training in reproductive endocrinology. Contact us to get the help you deserve to find and treat endometriosis.