Endometriosis

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

One in 10 women will experience endometriosis pain and complications during their childbearing years. To ease your pain and address the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis, the medical team at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive on-site treatment services. At their five locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the skilled doctors offer custom solutions to treat endometriosis, such as minimally invasive surgeries and endometrial ablation. Learn more about your options for treating endometriosis pain or infertility by calling the office nearest you today or by booking an appointment online now.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful condition that develops when the lining of your uterus, the endometrium, grows outside the boundaries of your uterus. The lining can grow on nearby reproductive organs, like your fallopian tubes and ovaries. 

In rare cases, the lining can also grow onto other pelvic organs, causing further health complications.

Even outside your uterus, the endometrium continues to act like it normally would, thickening and then thinning out during your menstrual cycle. However, as the endometrium begins breaking down outside the uterus, it has nowhere to go and becomes trapped.

The tissue surrounding the displaced lining becomes irritated, and you can experience severe, chronic pain, especially during your periods. Endometriosis can also increase your chances of infertility and other reproductive health issues.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

If you have unexplained pelvic pain or abnormal menstrual bleeding, the RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team offers comprehensive diagnostics to confirm or rule out endometriosis.

Your initial evaluation includes a pelvic exam to check your uterus and surrounding organs for endometrial tissue growth. The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team may also use ultrasound technology to identify unusual tissue growth.

If the results of an ultrasound aren’t enough to diagnose endometriosis, your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider may recommend a minimally invasive laparoscopy procedure to further explore your reproductive organs. 

During a laparoscopy, your doctor inserts a slender instrument that has an attached light and camera into the vagina. The camera sends real-time images of your inner structures to an external monitor your doctor closely watches during the procedure.

Laparoscopy can confirm endometriosis and help your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider better understand the severity of your condition.

How is endometriosis treated?

Your treatment for endometriosis depends on the severity of your condition and pain. Initially, you may use over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to stay comfortable. You may also be a good candidate for hormonal birth control that can slow the growth of endometrial tissue.

If these medications aren’t enough to control pain or bleeding, your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider may recommend a minimally invasive procedure known as endometrial ablation. 

This technique destroys a layer of the uterine lining to stop pain and heavy periods. Minimally invasive surgeries are also available to remove excess tissue growth and address infertility issues you experience because of endometriosis.

When you experience chronic pain from severe endometriosis, and you’re done having children, you may need to have a hysterectomy to remove the uterus and prevent further complications of endometriosis.

To learn more about available endometriosis treatments, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology today or book a consultation online at the office nearest you.