Endometriosis Doctors

Written by Amy Hall
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Typically, if your annual visit with your gynecologist reveals endometriosis, you may be referred to a specialist who deals solely with this progressive disease. Since many women do not notice any symptoms, they do not mention any abnormalities to their doctors. The result is that internal damage continues to build up until symptoms do become apparent, usually in the form of acute pelvic pain, complications with bowel movements, such as diarrhea, constipation, or extreme pain during defecation, heavy bleeding during menstruation, extreme fatigue, and perhaps fever.

One of the most disturbing aspects to endometriosis is that it can be sneaky, wreaking havoc internally without producing any outward symptoms until considerable damage has been done. Women often do not find out they have endometriosis until they drag themselves to the doctor with unexplainable pelvic pain or the inability to become pregnant after months of trying to conceive. Unfortunately, if a woman is not experiencing any symptoms and her doctor does not detect any growths during a pelvic exam, endometriosis can bring on a host of secondary problems.

For instance, when scar tissue, cysts, and adhesions grow inside and outside the bladder, kidneys, and colon, a woman can begin to experience pain upon urination or defecation. She may notice blood in her urine or stools, or she may feel the urge to urinate frequently. The problem is that organ failure can happen if these lesions and growths are not removed. Scar tissue that has blocked part of the colon or the urinary tract eventually causes these organs to cease functioning as they should.

Getting the Treatment You Need from Endometriosis Doctors

An endometriosis specialist should be able to determine the extent of the internal damage through various testing, including ultrasounds and laproscopy. In all likelihood, surgery will be recommended if internal scarring is so severe that other organs are impaired. Your doctor may also suggest hormone therapy to suppress ovulation and pain medication to help you deal with the chronic pain.

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