Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful condition that causes in many cases extreme pelvic pain often associated with menstruation.

About Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining of a woman’s pelvis. With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped and can cause extreme pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, and other symptoms.

Treating Endometriosis

In your initial appointment, your clinician may conduct a pelvic exam as well as any additional screenings or imaging such as an ultrasound to accurately diagnose your condition. Depending on the severity of your condition treatment may involve medications, various types of therapies or even surgery. More conservative treatment approaches are often used first including lifestyle modifications and medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help provide relief and manage symptoms. If these treatment options do not help hormone therapy or surgery may be a better option. Regardless of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care and recovery.

Care Team Approach

Patients are cared for by a dedicated multidisciplinary care team, meaning you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. Our team of board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, fellowship-trained subspecialists, pelvic floor physical therapists, advanced practice providers, and more work together to provide unparalleled care for patients every step of the way. We also work closely with referring physicians and other partners in the community to schedule and coordinate any additional care services you may need.

We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care and provide a seamless experience for women from adolescence to menopause and beyond.

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