John A. Whitfield, MD
Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery located in Fort Worth, TX
Pelvic pain caused by endometriosis affect one out of every 10 women during their reproductive years. Endometriosis symptoms impact a woman’s quality of life not just physically - but mentally and emotionally as well. John A Whitfield, MD, offers highly effective, medical and minimally invasive treatments to reduce endometriosis symptoms and help women in the Fort Worth, Texas area become pain-free again. He can also provide access to clinical trials for new medications for endometriosis. Call or click to schedule an appointment at John A. Whitfield, MD today.
Endometriosis Q & A
Endometriosis Treatment Center of Excellence
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common condition in women in which tissue similar to the lining the uterus - grows outside of the uterus. This abnormal tissue growth causes an inflammatory reaction, creating pain and scar tissue inside the pelvis and abdomen. Endometriosis can typically be found on the:
- Fallopian tubes
- Lining of the pelvis
Many women develop endometriosis shortly after their first period. Without treatment, they often experience symptoms well into menopause. Doctors don’t fully understand what causes endometriosis, but believe it has genetic and environmental components.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Pelvic pain during menstruation is the most common endometriosis symptom. Endometriosis pain usually comes and goes over time, and its severity doesn’t always correspond with the extent of the disease.
In addition to painful periods, women with endometriosis symptoms often experience:
- Painful intercourse
- Generalized pelvic pain unrelated to cycles
- Pain during bowel movements
- Low back pain
Because endometriosis symptoms are often confused with other conditions, it’s important to have a comprehensive pelvic exam and diagnostic tests to get an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment.
How is endometriosis treated?
Endometriosis has no cure, but the condition can be effectively managed with medication and surgery. Before Dr. Whitfield determines the best course of treatment for you, he considers your age, the severity of your symptoms, the progression of the disease, and your fertility goals.
Hormones can be used to control endometriosis in much the same way hormones regulate the menstrual cycle. Hormone treatments that prevent ovulation often slow the growth and activity of endometrial tissue, as well. Hormones can be taken orally, by injection, or in a nasal spray.
For mild endometriosis pain and symptoms, over-the-counter and prescription medications can be helpful. Anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription opioids work directly with the nervous system to reduce the perception of pain.
For some women, Dr. Whitfield recommends minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to destroy or remove lesions and scar tissue without harming surrounding healthy tissue. Dr. Whitfield performs minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedures in the office, and most patients return home the same day.
Living with pelvic pain is not simply part of being a woman. Real treatment for endometriosis is available. Dr. Whitfield discusses the risks, benefits, and alternatives for every treatment option to help you make informed decisions about your care. Dr. Whitfield can also provide access to clinical trials for new medications for endometriosis. See if you qualify.
For an appointment, consultation or second opinion to discuss your endometriosis treatment options with Dr. Whitfield, call or click to schedule an appointment today.