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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common health problem in women, affecting at least 11% of women in the United States. Unfortunately, many women suffer from endometriosis symptoms for a long time before getting an accurate diagnosis. At Palm Coast OB GYN in Palm Coast, Florida, Dr. Patricia Modad, MD, is diligent in discovering the root cause of your gynecological symptoms. Dr. Modad is compassionate and knowledgeable about endometriosis and works hard to ensure you get the correct diagnosis and most effective treatment. Call the office or request an appointment at the link above today.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which tissue similar to the tissue that lines your uterus — endometrium — grows in other places, such as your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the outer area of your uterus.

During your menstrual cycle, your uterus prepares for pregnancy by growing the endometrial lining. You shed this lining during your period. 

With endometriosis, the displaced tissue grows and sheds like the lining of your uterus, causing small amounts of bleeding in your pelvic area. This bleeding leads to inflammation, swelling, and scarring of the tissue where the endometrium-like growths occur. 

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Symptoms of endometriosis vary from woman to woman. And many of the symptoms of endometriosis are similar to other gynecological conditions. 

Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Severe menstrual cramps that worsen over time
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain when urinating or having a bowel movement during your period
  • Bleeding in between your period
  • Infertility
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or bloating

Some women with endometriosis have no apparent symptoms. As a result, they may receive an incorrect diagnosis of something unrelated to their reproductive organs, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Dr. Modad takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to women's health. When you come in with concerns about your gynecological health, she is careful and diligent, looking at all the potential causes that might explain your symptoms.

To diagnose endometriosis, Dr. Modad asks detailed questions about your symptoms and performs a physical and pelvic exam. She may also request an ultrasound test to rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms.

If she suspects endometriosis, she may perform a diagnostic laparoscopy ― a minimally invasive surgical procedure — to view your lower abdominal area and take a sample of tissue for evaluation. This procedure is the only way to accurately diagnose endometriosis. 

How is endometriosis treated?

Currently, there’s no cure for endometriosis, so treatment focuses on easing symptoms. Dr. Modad conducts all exams and treatments. She works with you and provides treatment recommendations based on the severity of your symptoms and your current and future pregnancy plans.

Treatment may include hormonal birth control to reduce bleeding and pain. If your pain is severe and not well-controlled with medication, Dr. Modad may perform surgery to remove the endometrial growths from your lower abdominal area.

Schedule an appointment by calling the office or requesting an appointment online at the link above today!

Palm Coast OB GYN | Patricia Modad, MD, FACOG
✆ Phone (appointments): 386-245-6377
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 386-447-6831
Address: 7 Boulder Rock Drive, Suite 4, Palm Coast, FL 32137