Endometriosis is when tissue that is usually found only in the lining of the uterus grows in the pelvic cavity. Endometriosis can happen at any age, but typically occurs in women in their 30s and 40s. Adenomyosis is another condition of the tissue that lines the uterus, but in adenomyosis the tissue thickens the wall of the uterus, which causes similar symptoms.
Symptoms of Endometriosis Include:
- Pelvic pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Bleeding or spotting between periods
- Pain during sex, bowel movements, or urination
Endometrioses can affect your quality of life and make getting pregnant difficult.
Many risk factors can cause endometriosis, including:
- Immune system problems
- Hormone imbalance
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Closed or blocked hymen
- Starting periods at a young age
- Uterine abnormalities
Depending on your age, health, and severity of your symptoms, our women health specialists will treat your endometriosis differently. Treatments typically include:
- Pain medications
- Hormone therapy
When to See a Doctor for Endometriosis
If your endometriosis has started to affect your quality of life, it is time to see your doctor. If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year and are having difficulty, our women’s health specialists may be able to help you.
Bassett Healthcare Network offers treatment for endometriosis in Central New York, including in Cooperstown, Cobleskill, Hamilton, Herkimer, and Oneonta.