If you’re experiencing unusual, persistent pain in your lower pelvic area during your menstrual cycle, you may have endometriosis. Dr. Jehuda Renan provides diagnostic testing for endometriosis at his OB/GYN practice in Tarzana, California. He offers high-quality care and treatment to alleviate pelvic pain and prevent endometriosis-related fertility problems. Schedule a consultation by calling the office or booking online now.
Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. Tissue can develop on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel, and other internal organs as well as around the tissue that lines your pelvis.
The abnormal tissue works like the uterine tissue during your menstrual cycle, thickening and breaking down each month. However, unlike normal tissue that your body expels during your period, this tissue gets trapped and irritates surrounding tissue. Cysts and scar tissue may also result.
Pain in the lower part of your pelvis during your period is endometriosis's primary symptom. This pain can be severe and debilitating.
Other symptoms may include:
You may also have endometriosis with no pain or noticeable symptoms, or your symptoms may mimic other conditions, so Dr. Renan recommends an examination to diagnose endometriosis correctly and rule out other medical issues.
Endometriosis typically develops several years after you start your period. If you started your period at a young age, you might be at increased risk of developing the condition. Other risk factors for endometriosis include:
If left untreated, endometriosis can lead to infertility issues and may put you at higher risk for ovarian cancer.
Dr. Renan performs a pelvic exam to identify uterine abnormalities. He may also use an ultrasound to obtain images of your pelvic region to find endometriosis-related cysts.
Dr. Renan may suggest a combination of endometriosis treatments that include laparoscopy, lasers, and medications.
During a laparoscopy procedure, Dr. Renan makes a small incision near your navel, then inserts a laparoscope instrument that provides a real-time look at your reproductive organs. During the procedure, he may take a sample of the tissue for further testing.
Dr. Renan has completed a high volume of laparoscopy treatments and is highly skilled in the procedure, which makes all the difference in your surgery’s success.
After testing results are available, Dr. Renan creates a customized treatment plan for you. He may suggest medications to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in the tissues. You may also be a candidate for hormone therapy that can slow the growth of endometrial tissue and put you into a pseudo-menopause for a specified period.
If other therapies aren’t effective, Dr. Renan may recommend minimally invasive surgery to remove excess tissue without harming your uterus and ovaries.
To learn more about endometriosis treatments, call our office or book an appointment online.