Paul W. Morrison, M.D. Obstetrician Gynecologist
Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Newburgh, IN. Serving the Evansville area.
Endometriosis affects at least one in 10 women in the United States and is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain and infertility. For effective treatment for endometriosis, visit Paul W. Morrison, M.D. Obstetrician Gynecologist, serving patients in Newburgh, Indiana, and the surrounding Evansville area. Dr. Morrison and the team have extensive experience diagnosing and managing endometriosis symptoms so you can get the relief you need. To request an appointment, fill out the online form or call the office today.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that causes the endometrial tissue from your uterus to grow in other parts of your pelvis, like your fallopian tubes, vagina, or bladder. Endometriosis affects women of childbearing age and is diagnosed most often between ages 30-40.
The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, though the growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus may be triggered by:
- Problems with menstruation
- Immune system issues
- Hormonal fluctuations, especially estrogen changes
- Surgery, like a cesarean (C-section) delivery
You might have an increased risk of developing endometriosis if you’ve never had children, have periods that last longer than seven days, have menstrual cycles shorter than 27 days, or have a family member with endometriosis.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Endometriosis symptoms depend on the location where the abnormal endometrial tissue has implanted and how much tissue is involved.
Possible symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic lower back and pelvic pain
- Pain during or after sex
Your symptoms can fluctuate each month depending on your hormone levels.
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
To diagnose endometriosis, Dr. Morrison begins with a pelvic exam and usually recommends an ultrasound exam to check other areas of your pelvis, like your bladder or the outside of your uterus. In some cases, an MRI can be used, too.
Dr. Morrison may recommend medications to relieve your symptoms, which can also aid in diagnosis. More complex cases may require a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to examine the inside of your pelvis.
How do gynecologists treat endometriosis?
Once you’re diagnosed with endometriosis, Dr. Morrison outlines different treatment options that are available based on your lifestyle and childbearing goals. He and the team have extensive experience providing comprehensive conservative and surgical care to address endometriosis symptoms.
Conservative care includes medications to relieve your symptoms. These may include hormonal birth control, anti-inflammatories, GnRH agonists, GnRh antagonists, or other medications. Surgical options include minimally invasive procedures to remove the endometrial implants. These procedures may involve just the removal of the endometriosis tissue or removal of other tissue as well. This could include the removal of ovarian cysts, entire ovaries, fallopian tubes, or even a hysterectomy.
Get help for your endometriosis symptoms now by calling the office or filling out the form to request an appointment online.