Capital Women's Care
OBGYNs located in Manassas, Haymarket and Fairfax, VA
About 8-10% of women have endometriosis, a women’s health condition that can cause painful periods, excessive bleeding, and infertility. If you experience symptoms of endometriosis, the experienced OB/GYNs at Capital Women’s Care, with three convenient locations in Fairfax, Manassas, and Haymarket, Virginia, are here for you. They offer innovative endometriosis treatments to manage your symptoms and improve fertility. Schedule an appointment with Capital Women’s Care by phone or online to learn more about your options.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is an often-painful women’s health condition that can affect your lifestyle. It occurs when uterine lining tissue grows outside of your uterus. Endometrial tissue might appear near your fallopian tubes, ovaries, the tissue lining your pelvis, or in areas beyond your pelvic organs.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have endometriosis:
- Pain with intercourse
- Painful periods
- Discomfort during urination or bowel movements
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain
You may also experience diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, low back pain, or fatigue during menstrual periods if you have endometriosis. Early diagnosis and care is the key to better managing your symptoms.
What are the risk factors for endometriosis?
Anybody can develop endometriosis, but the following factors increase your risk:
- Family history of endometriosis
- Beginning your period at an early age
- Never giving birth
- Going through menopause later than usual
- Heavy menstrual periods lasting longer than a week
- Short menstrual cycles of less than 27 days
- High estrogen levels
- Having a low body mass index
- Reproductive tract problems
Regardless of what’s causing your endometriosis, the compassionate Capital Women’s Care team is here for you. They answer questions you have about your condition and discuss numerous treatment options with you.
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
To diagnose endometriosis, your OB/GYN reviews your medical history, symptoms, and completes a pelvic exam. They might use imaging tests, like ultrasound or MRIs, or laparoscopy, a diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to view inside your abdomen and diagnose your condition.
What is the treatment for endometriosis?
Your personalized endometriosis treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition. During laparoscopy, your doctor can use special tools to remove displaced endometrial tissue. Additional options might include over-the-counter pain medicines, birth control pills, other forms of hormone therapy, and fertility treatments if you struggle to become pregnant because of endometriosis.
Don’t let endometriosis pain, heavy bleeding, infertility, and other unpleasant symptoms associated with the disease negatively affect your life. Schedule an appointment with Capital Women’s Care over the phone or request one online to get the relief you need.