What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disease where the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, gets outside of the uterus and can implant on things within the abdominal and pelvic cavity.
Endometriosis can be painful. The endometrium will build up and shed off. If that tissue is in the abdominal and pelvic cavity, that tissue responds to hormones and can cause inflammation, scarring, and pain in relation to the organs it is attached to. That pain can present in different ways.
Endometriosis Treatment Options
Often times, women may have very painful periods or very painful mid-cycle pain. Those are things that should trigger a conversation with a primary care provider that can begin an evaluation for endometriosis, which can lead to a referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist. An exam and ultrasound will then be performed.
Hormone therapy, pain relievers or changes in diet and exercise may take care of the problem for some women. There are also several surgical options. The best treatment option depends on the stage of the endometriosis, the site of the pain and whether the woman hopes to become pregnant.
Dana Benden, MD
As a courtesy member of the Crossing Rivers Health Medical Staff, Dana Benden, MD, is a Gundersen Health System Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who performs gynecologic services and surgeries at Crossing Rivers Health.
Dr. Benden is passionate about women's health and providing women with minimally-invasive procedures. She understands that women lead busy lives and is proud to be providing services at Crossing Rivers Health so that they can have access to services and procedures close to home.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Benden, call 608.357.2525 or complete the appointment request form at the link below.