Endometriosis Awareness Month: Facts, Symptoms, and Treatment

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month is a time to educate people about a disease that affects millions of women. Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, infertility, and other health problems. Let’s discuss the facts about endometriosis, its symptoms, and how it is treated. 


Endometriosis is a common disorder, affecting an estimated one in ten women. It often starts during the teen years or early adulthood. The symptoms of endometriosis can vary from mild to severe. They may include pelvic pain, pain with periods, pain with sex, infertility, and fatigue. Some women with endometriosis also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 


Endometriosis is diagnosed with a pelvic exam and sometimes with imaging tests such as an ultrasound or MRI. Treatment for endometriosis may include pain medication, hormone therapy, surgery, or a combination of these treatments. Many women with mild to moderate endometriosis can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication and birth control pills. 


Other treatments of endometriosis include laparoscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive surgery. In this surgery, a small camera is inserted into the abdomen through a tiny incision to view the reproductive organs. If endometriosis is found, it can be removed with surgical instruments. 


It is important to seek treatment for endometriosis if you are experiencing symptoms. Specialists can help you find the treatment that is right for you. Endometriosis Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about this common but often misunderstood disease.  The Michigan Institute of Urology is one of the longest standing and largest sub-specialty Urology practices in the State of Michigan, we are dedicated to providing our patients the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art urologic care. Our specialists have been recruited from the most sophisticated university centers in the United States and are available at all of our 22 office locations. Our administrative staff follows strict guidelines to ensure the most cost-effective medical care is provided. Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C., is comprised of 46 General and Fellowship Trained Urologists with a complement of compassionate, caring Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Ancillary Personnel.

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