Endometriosis Often Diagnosed 5 to 10 Years After Pain

Southwest Fertility Center in Phoenix can help with Endometriosis

1 in 10 Women

Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women worldwide. It can cause pain — sometimes severe. Fertility problems also may develop. Fortunately, effective treatments are available.

Endometriosis is a common condition where tissue that usually lines the inside of a woman’s uterus, grows outside causing a range of symptoms, mainly pelvic pain.

“It really tends to be primarily a disorder related to pain. Anywhere from 80% plus of the people who ultimately have endometriosis have pain as their presenting or number one symptom.

Treatments for Incontinence

Endometriosis is usually identified in the 25 to 35 age range. The vague symptoms, including painful periods, can mean a lag in diagnosis.

Studies show that there’s a significant delay in diagnosis from the time that somebody first has symptoms until the time of diagnosis. It is anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, no treatment may be needed. Sometimes the pain can be managed with over the counter meds.

For other people, there is a need to suppress the hormones that feed the endometriosis that caused a lot of the inflammation that then causes pain.

Hormonal birth control can manage symptoms but if they’re too severe, there are more invasive treatments, including the conversationabout surgery to remove thee areas of abnormal cells that have created areas of endometriosis that cause pain.

Reducing the Risk of Early Delivery

In a laparoscopy, a surgeon can remove scar tissue that may be causing pain or infertility—another common symptom of endometriosis. Up to 25% of women with the condition have difficulty conceiving.

A diagnosis of endometriosis does not mean the inability to conceive, but in the work up for infertility it is something that certainly should be discussed.

About Southwest Fertility Center

Infertility treatment specialists at Southwest Fertility Center have been helping patients since 1980.  Our team of fertility specialists has established a well-earned reputation for successfully helping couples through fertility issues. When you visit our office, we will take our time to get to know you so that we can provide a set of treatment options that best fit your individual needs. We take great pride in our non-discrimination policies and we accept all patients regardless of their prior medical conditions or sexual orientation. Our staff of medical professionals is dedicated to providing you with the patience and compassion you deserve. For more information regarding our treatment options, financing, or to discuss your individual treatment needs, speak with one of our staff members today. 602-956-7481.