Women's Health Topics

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition found in 10% of women where the cells that typically line the inside of the uterus are found in other places including the tissue that lines the pelvis, bladder, bowel, and rarely other more distant places like lung or brain. These cells respond to hormonal stimulation and may bleed or cause inflammation. Commonly, they may form noncancerous growths on the ovaries called “endometriomas”. Some women with endometriosis experience pelvic pain, while others don’t have any symptoms. Women with endometriosis may have difficulty getting pregnant. 

Endometriosis is typically treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, hormones including birth control pills, and surgery to remove the implants. Some women will benefit from a hysterectomy surgery, if they have completed their childbearing. Infertility associated with endometriosis may require medical treatment.

If you have pelvic pain or are having difficulty getting pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor. She will ask you questions, do an exam, may recommend Bellin's ultrasound services, and will likely discuss other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including surgery. We can treat endometriosis - you don’t have to live in pain.

- Dr. Kristin Lyerly
Kristin Lyerly, MD, is a board certified physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.