Endometriosis Specialist in Fort Worth TX
25+ Years of Experience Treating Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs in women when the lining of the uterus starts to grow outside of the uterine cavity on the ovaries and bowels or on the bladder. This growth often occurs behind the uterus. Endometriosis is most commonly diagnosed among women in their 30s and 40s, but the onset of the condition typically starts during reproductive years.
If you have endometriosis, you’re not alone. Endometriosis can range from being a nuisance to being life-altering, and is a very common condition for women near Fort Worth looking to manage the disease. Finding a gynecologist who has years of experience successfully treating endometriosis for hundreds of women can bring you both comfort and the outcome you so desire. Contact experienced gynecologist, Dr. Carolyn Quist if you are suffering from endometriosis and are seeking the best treatment in Fort Worth, Texas.
What Are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
The most common symptoms that women experience if they have endometriosis includes pelvic pain and severe re-menstrual cramps, spotting in between periods, heavy periods, infertility, and digestive problems. Not all women experience symptoms, but pain is the most common symptom and can be:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic pain the lower abdomen or intestines
- Pain during or after sex
- Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods
Although the causes of endometriosis are unknown, scientists have several theories and many agree that estrogen contributes to the development of the disease. Pain from Endometriosis is caused by the benign growth of the endometrial lining. These growths bleed in the same way as your uterus during your period. Other problems can result such as your fallopian tubes being blocked, inflammation, and scar tissue around your uterus, intestines, or bladder.
How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?
In addition to discussing your symptoms with Dr. Quist, she may suggest another exam to diagnosis endometriosis. During a pelvic exam, she may be able to feel for large cysts or scars behind your uterus. An ultrasound or MRI may also be done to check for ovarian cysts.
Surgery is the only way to confirm that you have endometriosis. Dr. Quist may perform a laparoscopic procedure to see or biopsy the endometriosis growths.
Endometriosis Treatment in Fort Worth TX
Since there is no cure for endometriosis, talk with Endometriosis Specialist Dr. Quist about your situation and the best symptoms management options for you.
- If you are not trying to get pregnant, hormonal birth control is usually the first step to help reduce pain and bleeding.
- If you are trying to get pregnant other hormonal medications may treat endometriosis. When birth control isn’t an option, pain medications may also be suggested by Dr. Quist for your symptoms.
- Other treatment options for Endometriosis include Progestins or progesterone, Danazol, Mirena (IUD), GnRH-analogues
- Surgery is typically recommended when symptoms are severe, other treatments haven’t worked, or you are having infertility problems. During surgery, the endometriosis growths are removed, which provides short term relief from pain. A hysterectomy may also be a recommended treatment option for endometriosis.
If you’re experiencing severe pain related to your period, are having problems with infertility, and suffer from heavy periods, schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Quist about endometriosis. Contact our Fort Worth office by calling (817) 926-1313 or filling out our online appointment request form.