Endometriosis

GYN Emergent Care Center

OB-GYN & Emergency Room located in Long Beach, CA

GYN Emergent Care Center is the only full-service, emergency care facility dedicated to treating women's health issues. The all female staff specializes in the treatment of endometriosis, fibroids, and ovarian cysts. The facility serves the women of Southern California, including those who live in the Long Beach area.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the appearance of uterine cells that present themselves outside of the uterus. These cells that normally make up the lining of the uterine wall are the same ones that shed each month and cause a woman to have a menstrual period. With endometriosis, these cells attach to other organs in the abdominal cavity and begin to bleed or shed at the same time the uterus does each month. Endometriosis is a serious health condition and can cause a wide variety of symptoms including tenderness in the abdomen, abdominal cramping, stomach upset, painful periods, and infertility.

Does Endometriosis Have Symptoms?

In mild cases, the symptoms are relatively minor. As the condition worsens, the symptoms can become quite severe. Severe abdominal cramps that may last longer than those associated with a woman's periods may be the most unpleasant. Depending on where the cells have appeared, other conditions may also appear. Ovarian cysts and fibroids may be aggravated by endometriosis. A woman's period may also be affected. In some cases, women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis may have abnormally heavy periods that last much longer than the average four to seven days.

Is Endometriosis Treatable?

Endometriosis is treatable. There are multiple medical and surgical treatments available for endometriosis.  Pain medications are often prescribed for the pain, while hormone therapy can be used to help regulate a woman's cycle and control the bleeding and some of the menstrual symptoms. Surgical intervention including laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis can be performed.  End stage endometriosis is treated by a hysterectomy. Removing the uterus during a hysterectomy also removes the endometrial cells that make up the uterine wall.  Treatment is individualized to the patient and her stage in life. Please feel free to call our office for more information about your treatment options.