One in 10 females in the U.S. and 176 million women worldwide have endometriosis, which is an often painful condition that can seriously affect your overall health and wellness. The good news is that there are solutions to relieve your pain. Isaac Halfon, MD understands very well the impact endometriosis can have and works with his patients in Wellington, Florida, and the surrounding areas, to relieve the pain caused by endometriosis. To learn more about how Dr. Halfon can help you find a solution, call or book an appointment online.
Endometriosis is a condition in which your endometrial lining grows outside your uterus instead of on the inside. During your ovulation cycle, the lining of your uterus thickens in anticipation of a fertilized egg. If an egg doesn’t arrive, your body sheds the lining, which causes your period.
With endometriosis, your lining prepares itself outside your uterus, often draping over whatever is nearby, including your:
When it comes time to shed the lining, it has nowhere to go, often resulting in pain. Over time, the old tissue can also create adhesions that affect your reproductive organs, hampering their ability to function correctly.
The cause of endometriosis remains a mystery, but the medical community has made advances in treating the symptoms.
If you suspect you may have endometriosis, one of the most noticeable symptoms is usually pain. Outside of the pain, other symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, Dr. Halfon performs a full pelvic examination and uses ultrasound imaging technology to determine whether endometriosis is responsible.
To treat endometriosis, Dr. Halfon first sits down with you to determine how severely the condition affects you and your goals. If your symptoms aren’t severe, Dr. Halfon may recommend over-the-counter medications for pain relief and continue to vigilantly monitor your condition.
Hormonal contraceptives also provide relief by slowing your endometrial growth, but this solution isn’t a permanent fix and isn’t helpful if you’re trying to get pregnant.
If you’re having fertility problems, Dr. Halfon may recommend laparoscopic surgery to remove as much endometrial tissue as possible.
If endometriosis severely compromises your quality of life, Dr. Halfon may recommend a hysterectomy to remove your uterus entirely. Since this is an irreversible decision, Dr. Halfon helps you weigh your options and works with you on alternative solutions first.
If you’re suffering from the effects of endometriosis, call Isaac Halfon MD Obstetrics and Gynecology to learn about the different treatment options available to you. You may also schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.