Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care
Kevin Hooker, M.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Lake Havasu City, AZ
While the pain that comes with endometriosis can be a nearly unbearable nuisance alone, infertility that can develop as a result is devastating for some women. At Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Kevin Hooker, MD, is trained in diagnosing and treating endometriosis and the serious symptoms that come with it. Luckily, the pain is manageable and infertility treatments are available. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when your endometrium, or uterine lining, begins to grow outside your uterus. This can result in moderate to severe pain.
Usually, the displaced endometrium stays within your pelvic organs. It can grow into the fallopian tubes or ovaries. In rare cases, the endometrium can also begin growing outside your pelvic organs.
The affected endometrium usually behaves normally. It follows your menstrual cycle, breaking down and bleeding during your period. However, it has no way to leave your body.
If the endometrium reaches your ovaries, it can begin to form painful cysts called endometriomas. Fortunately, the condition is treatable, so you can avoid pain and complications with your fertility.
What causes the condition?
Endometriosis can have several different causes, including:
- Surgical scars (e.g. hysterectomy, C-section)
- Immune system disorders
- Uterine abnormalities
- Retrograde menstruation (menstrual blood flowing back into the fallopian tubes)
- Genetic predisposition
- High levels of estrogen
While these are only a few of many potential causes, Dr. Hooker can help pinpoint the causes of your case. Then, he works with you to develop a successful treatment course.
When should I see a doctor?
The pain that comes with endometriosis can vary in severity, and it doesn’t necessarily reflect the severity of your case. Although the primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, which usually flares up during sex and menstruation, there are other, more specific, symptoms for you to be aware of:
- Excessively heavy periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Lower back or abdominal pain during menstruation
If you begin to notice several of these symptoms, it’s time to visit Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care for a diagnosis. If Dr. Hooker determines you have endometriosis, an early diagnosis helps him treat you for the best possible outcome.
What are my options for treatment?
There are many treatments available to manage the pain, infertility, and bleeding that comes with endometriosis. These include:
- Infertility treatments
- Pain medication
- Hormone therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery
If you opt for surgery, Dr. Hooker refers you to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center. Other treatments can be done in-office with similarly high success rates.
If endometriosis is affecting your everyday life, call or schedule an appointment online with Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to find the best treatment for your case today.