Endometriosis Specialist

Are you suffering from painful periods, abdominal pain, or infertility? These are some of the most common symptoms of endometriosis, a condition that affects about 1 in 10 women. If you suspect you might have endometriosis, a quick diagnosis can help you manage your symptoms and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group in Simi Valley, California offers hope for women who are struggling with the painful and emotionally draining symptoms of endometriosis. Call to schedule your appointment so you can learn more about your condition.

Endometriosis Q & A

Simi Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. Because this tissue can't leave the body like it usually does during menstruation, it can cause cysts, adhesions, and scar tissue, which in turn cause painful symptoms.

Pelvic pain is often a symptom of endometriosis. Women may also experience:

  • Painful, heavy periods
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain during bowel movements and urination
  • Infertility

The severity of the symptoms doesn't always indicate how severe the endometriosis is.

What causes endometriosis?

Doctors don't know the exact cause of endometriosis, but they have several theories about what may cause it. Some of these include:

  • Problems with the immune system
  • Implantation of tissue after surgery
  • Retrograde menstruation

More importantly than the cause of endometriosis is its treatment, as women who are suffering from this condition need relief. 

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Unfortunately, endometriosis is one of the most misunderstood diseases affecting modern women. Even good doctors often misdiagnose these symptoms, and the average time from the onset of symptoms to an accurate diagnosis is 10 years. That's why you need a specialist’s expertise if you have symptoms of this condition.

The Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group uses the latest advances in medical technology to quickly and accurately diagnose your condition so you can get the right treatment. Diagnostic techniques include:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Ultrasound
  • Laparoscopy

How can OB/GYNs treat endometriosis?

If you have endometriosis, the team at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group creates a treatment plan based on your specific symptoms and goals.

For example, if you're hoping to become pregnant, your treatment focuses on restoring fertility; if you're not interested in becoming pregnant, your top concern might be easing your discomfort.

Common treatment methods include:

  • Pain medications
  • Hormone therapy
  • Surgery to remove scarring and endometriosis
  • Hysterectomy

Can a woman with endometriosis get pregnant?

Yes, women with endometriosis can often become pregnant, but it’s not always easy. The key to success is comprehensive guidance from your medical provider.

Some of the best options to increase your chances of becoming pregnant include:

  • Surgical removal of scar tissue and endometriosis
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)

If you're hoping to become pregnant but have endometriosis, make an appointment with the caring team at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group to discuss your options.

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1147 Red Tail Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: 805-527-8055
Fax: 805-520-8849
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