Endometriosis Treatment Online

Endometriosis causes the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus to grow on pelvic organs outside the uterus.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Pain in pelvis
  • Abnormal menstruation
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal fullness
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Endometriosis Online

Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, which is tissue that lines the uterus, grows outside the uterus. This extra tissue can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels, or bladder. Endometrial tissue acts similarly outside the uterus to how it acts inside the uterus. This tissue will still thicken, break down, and bleed with every menstrual cycle. It’s rare for the endometrium tissue to grow outside of the pelvic organs.

Over time, the tissue surrounding the displaced endometrial tissue can become irritated, leading to scars and adhesions. Severe pain can occur when the endometrium grows on an organ that is particularly sensitive. This pain can occur during sex, exercise, and bowel movements. Women who do not experience symptoms may reach a diagnosis when they have trouble getting pregnant.

Though the cause of endometriosis is not always known, some explanations include:

  • Retrograde menstruation
  • Transformation of peritoneal cells
  • Embryonic cell transformation
  • Surgical scar implantation
  • Immune system disorder

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to endometriosis. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. While a definitive diagnosis may require an in-person examination and testing, your AmWell clinician can help you know when that is recommended and what to expect.

Treatment for endometriosis is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of endometriosis may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Hormone therapy
  • Surgery
  • Hysterectomy

 

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • How does endometriosis impact pregnancy?

    Endometriosis may make it difficult to conceive a child. About half of women with endometriosis report difficulty getting pregnant. Through it may be challenging to conceive, women who are experiencing infertility as a result of endometriosis will still be able to conceive with the correct treatments.

  • Is there a specific diet recommended for endometriosis?

    It’s suggested that people with endometriosis eat a diet that aims to reduce internal inflammation in the body and improve response to pain. This includes foods rich in vitamin B, fiber, omega fatty acids, and iron.

  • What are surgery options for endometriosis?

    There are two surgical treatment options for people with endometriosis. These options include laparoscopy and hysterectomy. Laparoscopy is a procedure to look for and destroy implants and scar tissue in the region. A hysterectomy, which is a procedure that removes a woman’s ovaries, is an option for women with no plans of getting pregnant and will help with the pain over the long term.

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