Endometriosis is a condition that results in the endometrium, which is the lining of the uterine cavity, growing outside of the uterus. It can occur to women at any stage of their life. For those who are in their reproductive years and hoping to have children, this condition can make it difficult to conceive. For women who are in their peri-menopausal or menopausal years, it can be a very painful condition. Fortunately, there are options for endometriosis treatment Houston. Your OBGYN should work with you to evaluate your individual signs and symptoms and create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs.
Options for Endometriosis Treatment Houston
- Medication — Endometriosis can be painful for women, particularly during menstruation. Women who are experiencing significant pain may be prescribed pain medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. In addition, your OBGYN may prescribe birth control pills in order to minimize the build-up of endometrial tissue each month, which can also help reduce the pain associated with endometriosis.
- Hormone Therapy — Hormone treatment options also may be considered in order to reduce the amount of endometrial implants that form, as these implants are controlled by the amount of estrogen produced throughout the menstrual cycle. Hormone therapy may be considered, with progesterone pills, such as Aygestin or Danazol, the purpose is to reduce estrogen.
- Surgery — Women who are hoping to conceive may need to have laparoscopic surgery performed in order to remove endometrial tissue growth outside of the uterus. In addition to minimizing the pain associated with endometriosis, this surgery significantly improves a woman's ability to conceive. Older women who are experiencing extreme pain with endometriosis may consider having a hysterectomy in order to control their discomfort. This is typically reserved as an option for women who are experiencing severe signs and symptoms, as a total hysterectomy (which includes the removal of the ovaries as well as the cervix) is the only way to eliminate the endometriosis.
- Fertility Treatment — Women who are struggling with infertility as a result of endometriosis may want to consider additional fertility treatment options. Intrauterine insemination as well as in vitro fertilization may be considered in order to help a woman conceive. Your OBGYN will evaluate your signs, symptoms and the severity of your endometriosis in order to help you decide the best treatment option available that will help you become pregnant.
At Plaza OBGYN, we are specialists in endometriosis treatment Houston. We recognize that this is a painful and debilitating condition that can have a lasting impact on your life, and we want to make sure that you get the treatment you both need and deserve. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, please contact us today in order to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for endometriosis treatment Houston.