What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis impacts approximately 200 million women worldwide, with an estimated 10 to 20 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States currently living with the disease. Endometriosis occurs when cells that should be in the lining of the uterus find themselves in other parts of the body such as the ovaries, uterus, bladder or other areas. This causes build up that sheds each month. That process repeats itself several times, which causes pain to the pelvic area.

While the cause of endometriosis is unknown, family history of endometriosis is a major risk factor for women. The disease can affect women of all different social and ethnic backgrounds. Symptoms of endometriosis can include painful menstrual cramps, chronic pain in the pelvis and lower back, intestinal pain and painful bowel movements. Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods is also a common symptom many women experience.

If you are experiencing painful periods, chart your periods and the pain you are having. Share this information with your physician so that they may develop the proper treatment plan for you. plan.

Our team at the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Center at Hillcrest Hospital South is here for any questions you may have regarding endometriosis or any treatment needed. Please call us at (918) 294-4000 to learn more.