Southern OB/GYN: Endometriosis

By: Alexander M. Culbreth III, MD

Endometriosis involves tissue normally found in the uterine cavity, endometrium, in a location outside of the uterus.  Endometriosis is an often painful disease process which is usually limited to the lower abdomen and pelvis. 

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain.  Also, endometriosis may be a common source for infertility.  Other symptoms include painful periods, pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements, and excessive or irregular bleeding.

According to The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, up to 10% of all women may have endometriosis.  Endometriosis can be found during a routine pelvic exam.  The most common way to diagnose endometriosis is during an outpatient surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

Endometriosis is often a very complicated disorder and feeling comfortable with your medical professional is very important for the long term success of treatment.  Southern OB/GYN Associates has over 60 years of experience in dealing with gynecologic disorders, and we are happy to help with your needs.

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