Endometriosis Specialist

Reno Tahoe Women's Health

Board Certified OBGYNs located in Reno, NV

Endometriosis affects 1 out of every 10 women in the world, causing painful, heavy periods and other debilitating symptoms, including infertility. The good news is that endometriosis treatment can relieve your pain and may restore your fertility. The skilled team at Reno Tahoe Women’s Health offers expert diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis at the clinic in Reno, Nevada. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

During your monthly cycle, the lining of your uterus, or endometrium, thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. When you have your menstrual period, your uterus contracts to release the thickened layers of endometrium.

Sometimes, endometrial tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus. This condition is called endometriosis. The abnormal endometrial tissue responds to the hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle in the same way as the lining of your uterus, so it also thickens and bleeds. The bleeding can cause damage to the internal structures of your body.

Endometriosis commonly affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the internal area of the pelvis. However, it can develop on the bladder, intestines, and other internal organs. 

What causes endometriosis?

Researchers haven’t yet identified an exact cause of endometriosis. Some cases may involve “retrograde menstruation,” a condition in which menstrual blood flows backward through the fallopian tubes into the pelvic cavity. 

Your risk of endometriosis increases if you have a family member with the condition, and if you’ve never had a pregnancy or delivery.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Endometriosis causes pelvic pain and worsens menstrual cramping. Additional symptoms include: 

  • Heavy periods
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Painful urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bowel or urinary dysfunction
  • Chronic fatigue

Endometriosis has been linked to infertility, but in many cases, treatment for the condition also restores fertility.

How is endometriosis treated?

The skilled providers at Reno Tahoe Women’s Health provide expert diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis. Treatment options depend on the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, whether you wish to become pregnant in the future, and other individual factors. Your caring provider recommends the best treatment options for your personal needs. 

Treatment options for endometriosis include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery
  • Hysterectomy

The experienced providers at Reno Tahoe Women’s Health typically begin with a conservative approach to treatment. Should a surgical procedure be necessary, you can trust the expertise of Arathi Veeraswamy, MD, for safe and effective surgical care.

To learn more about how the team at Reno Tahoe Women’s Health can put an end to painful endometriosis symptoms, call the clinic office today, or book an appointment online.