Dr. Chen OB-GYN P.A.
OBGYNs & Robotic Surgeons located in Coconut Creek, FL
Endometriosis affects approximately 11% of women during their reproductive years. Treatment of endometriosis by Dr. Chen OB-GYN P.A. in Coconut Creek, Florida, can help improve your fertility and relieve your pain and abnormal bleeding. Kir-Wei Chen, MD, is an experienced OB/GYN dedicated to improving women’s quality of life through effective and practical medical care. Call the office or book a visit online today to get the help you need.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that causes endometrial tissue that normally lines your uterus to grow outside your uterus. The tissue may grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer walls of the uterus, or tissues that hold the uterus in place.
Endometriosis can cause the following symptoms:
- Painful menstruation
- Pain during or after sex
- Lower back and abdominal pain
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
- Digestive issues
Endometriosis symptoms typically flare up during menstruation and fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle. The condition is most common in women in their 30s and 40s, though signs can show up in the late teens and early 20s.
What causes endometriosis?
Unfortunately, there is no known cause of endometriosis. Researchers are exploring the following possible causes:
- Problems with menstrual flow
- Genetic factors
- Immune system problems
- Hormonal imbalance
- Prior pelvic surgery
Dr. Chen can provide treatment and lifestyle recommendations to ease your symptoms and regulate your menstrual cycle.
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
Endometriosis is diagnosed after a consultation and exam with Dr. Chen. During your consultation, he asks about your symptoms, their severity, and how long you’ve had them. He’ll also ask about your menstrual cycle and any medications you’re taking that may improve or worsen your symptoms.
Your visit includes a pelvic exam and ultrasound to locate abnormal endometrial tissue growth. Dr. Chen may also collect samples of tissue from inside your vagina to test for signs of endometriosis. Based on his findings, Dr. Chen diagnoses you with endometriosis and provides treatment recommendations.
How is endometriosis treated?
Treatment for endometriosis depends on the severity of your symptoms and goals for getting pregnant in the future. If you’re not planning to become pregnant, Dr. Chen may recommend birth control or other medications to regulate your hormones and stop the growth of abnormal endometrial tissue.
If you want to become pregnant, Dr. Chen uses other types of hormonal treatments and medications to regulate your hormones without impacting your fertility. In some cases, Dr. Chen may recommend surgery to remove endometrial tissue that’s blocking your fallopian tubes and causing infertility.
Get relief from endometriosis by scheduling a visit with Dr. Chen OB-GYN P.A. by phone or use the online tool today.