At Coyle Institute, we understand the importance of addressing endometriosis, but we also realize that diagnosing the disorder can only happen if our patients feel safe and comfortable enough to come to us with their concerns. We have an experienced team whose very highest priority is providing world-class care and attention to the women we treat, and we believe that dedication shows in each and every appointment.
If symptoms of endometriosis present themselves, the most common methods of making a firm diagnosis include performing a pelvic exam to physically identify a growth; conducting an MRI or ultrasound to visually pinpoint the condition; prescribing medications to watch for any effectual changes in symptoms; or performing laparoscopic surgery to more thoroughly explore the pelvic region for the growth of any endometrial tissue.
Endometriosis pain is not something that we want our patients to be resigned to, so while there may not actually be any cure for the condition, at Coyle Institute, we can provide the very best treatments available to relieve the symptoms and manage the problems directly related to endometriosis. In order to determine a plan of action, a number of factors need to be taken into consideration, including the desire to avoid surgery or any future hopes of pregnancy, both of which will help guide us in which options we choose to pursue.
Hormonal birth control is the most common course of treatment for women suffering from endometriosis, except for those who may be trying to get pregnant. Otherwise, the insertion of an IUD (an intrauterine device which eliminates the need for oral birth control), hormone patches, oral hormones, shots, and vaginal rings may all provide effective relief. Bioidentical hormone therapy is another form of treatment, which is a customizable medication option for the treatment of endometriosis and associated side effects.
Women who are hoping to get pregnant will often be given a prescription for hormone agonists, which temporarily suspend the production of estrogen to stop ovulation, menstrual cycles, and the growth of endometrial tissue. Once these medications are no longer taken, the body is then able to resume menstrual cycles, and any attempt for pregnancy is given a higher success rate.
Endometriosis surgery is generally only suggested for women whose symptoms are more severe and have not seen any relief from hormonal methods, or in cases where the patient is experiencing fertility issues. In instances such as this, the growths are removed, and any previously administered hormonal therapy is resumed.
In addition, some women are advised to explore relief options such as over-the-counter pain medications or more alternative treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, herbs, and supplements.