Endometriosis Specialists in Charleston
More than six million women in the United States suffer from endometriosis. It is especially common for women in their 30s and 40s. Most primary care providers aren't equipped to help endometriosis sufferers. Staffed by leading OB/GYNs and endometriosis specialists in Charleston, East Cooper Physicians is the facility to go for advanced endometriosis treatment.
Endometriosis: What Is It?
Do you suffer from chronic pain before and during your period? The culprit could be endometriosis, a chronic condition that occurs when the endometrium (lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus. Pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis. While it varies, endometriosis pain can be:
- Painful Menstrual Cramps That May Worsen over Time
- Long-Term Lower Back & Pelvic Pain
- Deep Pain during and/or after Sex
- Intestinal Pain
- Painful Bowel Movements or Painful Urination during Menstruation
The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. There are several treatment options available to manage pain and other symptoms, which are unpredictable. Symptoms can include:
- Heavy Periods
- Digestive Problems
- Bleeding between Periods
- Difficulty Getting Pregnant or Infertility
Personalized Endometriosis Treatment
While endometriosis growths are benign, they are known to cause a wide array of other issues. The growths bleed like the lining of your uterus does each month during menstruation; however, because the blood cannot easily escape your body, the bleeding causes pain and swelling. Without proper care from an endometriosis specialist, these growths can lead to even further problems, such as:
- Fallopian Tube Blockage - This occurs when the growths cover or grow into a woman's ovaries.
- Cyst Formation - When blood is trapped in the ovaries, cysts can form.
- Scar Tissue & Adhesion Formation - Scar tissue can bind the organs together. It may cause chronic pelvic pain and make it difficult to conceive.
Unfortunately, endometriosis cannot be prevented. It can, however, be treated by our endometriosis doctor. You don't have to live with and suffer through painful periods. Visit our specialists that will assess your case and create a personalized endometriosis treatment for you. Treatments range from pain medications, hormone treatments, and, for more severe cases, surgery.
Staffed by Leading Endometrial Ablation Specialists
Millions of women suffer from abnormal menstruation. In some cases, hormonal and medical therapies are not effective in controlling the bleeding. If this happens to you, our endometrial ablation provider offers a remedy. Endometrial ablation is an outpatient procedure that eliminates the uterine lining with radiofrequency, laser thermal technology, freezing, or other means. The lining will scar, which reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.
For your convenience, the procedure can be done in as little as 45 minutes. Most women recover within one or two weeks. Cramping, nausea, frequent urination, and vaginal discharge are common side effects of the procedure; however, they go away on their own in a week or two.
If you're interested in learning more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with our endometrial ablation specialists. Please keep in mind that this procedure should not be performed if you plan to get pregnant in the future.
Call 843-849-9355 to request an appointment with our endometriosis specialists. We proudly serve patients throughout Charleston, South Carolina.