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Ideal Gynecology, LLC

Women’s Health Practitioners located in Atlanta, GA serving Stockbridge, Conyers, Locust Grove, Hampton, Covington, Jackson, Buckhead, Vinings, Smyrna, Roswell, Alpharetta, Midtown, and Sandy Springs, GA

Endometriosis pain can be excruciating and have a significant effect on your ability to lead a normal life. If you've got symptoms of endometriosis, Lillian Schapiro, MD, and Olivia Taylor Lee, WHNP at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia can help. They provide the latest medications and other treatments for endometriosis to relieve you of the cycle of pain it can cause. Call the Atlanta, Georgia office of Ideal Gynecology, LLC, to schedule a consultation or use the online form to book an appointment.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that normally lines your uterus (the endometrium) starts to grow in other places throughout your pelvic area. Every month, your body sheds the endometrium, causing your period. The plugs of endometrial tissue outside your uterus also swell and bleed, causing pain that can be unbearable for some women.

The blood gets trapped and causes the development of adhesions (where tissue sticks together) and scar tissue. This makes the pain even worse, to the point where you find it impossible to function normally.

Endometriosis can disrupt all aspects of your life, including school, sports, and work. If you're experiencing severe pelvic pain, it's vital to find a gynecologist who takes you seriously and is able to make an accurate diagnosis.

How do I know if I have endometriosis? 

Diagnosing endometriosis can be tricky. Often, tremendous pelvic pain is the key symptom of endometriosis. Your pain might be worse during your menstrual cycle, and sexual intercourse could be incredibly painful. 

At Ideal Gynecology, LLC, your evaluation for endometriosis begins with a discussion of your symptoms, an in-depth medical history, and a physical exam. 

These provide a good indication that endometriosis is the cause of your symptoms, with further confirmation coming from an ultrasound scan of your pelvic area. You might also need to undergo a laparoscopy for a definitive diagnosis.

Ideal Gynecology, LLC, has in-office ultrasound facilities run by a specialist technician who has excellent skills in performing scans and is also thorough and gentle.

What treatments are there for endometriosis?

Medications that can help treat endometriosis include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Birth control pills
  • Progesterone IUD
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists

Traditionally, the only way to diagnose and treat endometriosis was with surgery and medications that brought on menopausal symptoms. Fortunately, Ideal Gynecology, LLC, can now provide an alternative medication (elagolix), a GnRH agonist that suppresses endometriosis but doesn't cause menopausal symptoms.

Whether you think you could have endometriosis or you already know that you have it and are looking for more effective treatment options, let Ideal Gynecology, LLC, help. Call one of the offices today or book an appointment online.