Little Known Signs of Endometriosis

Little Known Signs of Endometriosis

There are a number of conditions that can cause heavy periods, infertility, and pelvic pain. Getting to the bottom of your problem can take time, which is why it’s important to have a specialist on your side. By listening to your experiences and tracking your symptoms, an experienced gynecologist can pick out the little-known signs of endometriosis. 

At the OB/GYN practice of Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG on the Upper West Side of New York City, Dr. Rodke works with pelvic pain patients to identify the root cause of discomfort, which could well be endometriosis.

An overview of endometriosis 

Your uterus is lined with endometrium, the tissue your body creates while preparing for an embryo. Endometriosis is a painful condition that causes this tissue to grow outside the uterus, including on the ovaries, bowels, and pelvic lining. 

During your period, endometrium breaks down and flushes from your body in the form of menstrual blood. However, endometrial tissue located outside the uterus has nowhere to go, leaving it trapped in your pelvis. 

Over time, hormonal changes caused by your menstrual cycle cause the misplaced endometrium to grow, thicken, and form scar tissue. This leads to a number of symptoms and complications, including severe pain and infertility. 

Symptoms of endometriosis 

Symptoms of endometriosis vary widely. One person can experience mild cramping, while another might suffer from debilitating pain and heavy bleeding. It’s important to remember that pain is not an indication of severity; even mild endometriosis can cause agonizing cramps. 

Along with pelvic pain, other common symptoms of endometriosis include: 

Because endometriosis shares symptoms with other conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose without imaging tests and an exploratory laparoscopy

However, since endometriosis causes tissue to grow in many different places, you might encounter unique problems. Bringing these up during your consultation can narrow things down and help you get answers. Little-known signs of endometriosis include: 

These symptoms often worsen during your period, as the trapped endometrial tissue becomes inflamed and tries to break down. However, you might experience symptoms all throughout the month, leading to further complications like chronic fatigue and depression. 

Finding relief

Little is known about endometriosis, and research is ongoing. It’s important to consult with a specialist who understands your condition. Dr. Gae Rodke has experience diagnosing and treating endometriosis, and she can help you build a treatment plan that you’re comfortable with. 

You have options to help manage your condition, including anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, hormonal birth control, and more. Once you’ve been definitively diagnosed, you can begin discussing more permanent solutions, including surgery if necessary. 

Think you might be suffering from endometriosis? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodke by calling 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more options. 

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