Endometriosis

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Endometriosis can be quite painful (especially during a woman’s menstrual cycle) and typically occurs in the ovaries, bowel or the pelvic tissue lining; it hardly ever spreads beyond that area.  Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist finds that the pain associated with endometriosis is much worse than normal period pain and gets even greater as time goes on.

When a woman has endometriosis, it means that the tissue that should be lining the inside of her uterus has grown outside of it.  This condition sometimes affects a woman’s ability to get pregnant.  Fortunately, effective treatments are available at our Des Moines ObGyn office.

Some symptoms of endometriosis include pain with your period, during intercourse and/or with bowel movements or urination.  This may also cause excessive bleeding and lead to infertility in women.  Other women with endometriosis report feeling tired, bloated or nauseous or experiencing diarrhea or constipation, particularly during their menstrual periods.

To diagnose endometriosis and other conditions that can cause pelvic pain, Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist will ask you to describe your symptoms, including the location of your pain and when it occurs.  He may also choose to conduct a pelvic exam/ultrasound or a laparoscopy.

Endometriosis is typically treated with medications and/or surgery. The approach you and your Des Moines gynecologist choose will depend on the severity of your signs and symptoms and whether you hope to become pregnant.

Typically Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist will try conservative treatment approaches first, such as pain medications
 and hormone therapy.  This therapy can include anything from contraceptives in simple cases to hysterectomy in more severe cases.

We want to be your Des Moines gynecologist; if you feel that you may be suffering from endometriosis or just aren’t sure, call our office today at (515) 225-7201 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.

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