Endometriosis

Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions

Francisco Garcini, MD

Gynecologist located in New Lenox, IL

Endometriosis affects approximately 11% of women in the United States, usually in their 30s and 40s. If you’re experiencing the discomfort or pain that often comes with this condition, there’s no better place to get help than Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions in New Lenox, Illinois. Led by Francisco Garcini, MD, who has specialized training in endometriosis and pelvic pain, you can find long-lasting relief from the discomfort and hassle of endometriosis. To learn more, call the office or use the online scheduling to book an appointment.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

During your reproductive years, the lining of your uterus, the endometrium, thickens with blood and nutrients every month in anticipation of receiving a fertilized egg. When an egg doesn’t arrive, you shed out the lining and start to build up a new one again in a month, which is what creates your menstrual cycle.

With endometriosis, this lining grows outside your uterus, often draping itself over nearby organs and structures, such as your:

  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Outer walls of your uterus
  • Surrounding connective tissue
  • Bladder
  • Cervix

Each month, this tissue acts as if it were inside your uterus, thickening to receive an egg. The problem is, when it comes time to shed out, the tissue has nowhere to go. Over time, you can develop problems with your ovaries and fallopian tubes because of scar tissue called adhesions.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

The hallmark of endometriosis is the pain since your tissue is caught outside your uterus with no way to leave your body. It presents itself in many ways, including:

  • Pain during periods
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Pain during sex (or after)
  • Painful bowel movements

Outside of pain, there are several other symptoms to watch out for with endometriosis, including:

  • Spotting between periods
  • Infertility
  • Digestive issues

If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort or any of the other symptoms, Dr. Garcini can help get to the bottom of your issue and help you find relief.

How is endometriosis treated?

Dr. Garcini is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, including ultrasound, so he’s able to take a look inside your pelvic region to locate the cause of your problems. If he discovers endometriosis, he works with you to come up with a plan that relieves your pain and meets your goals.

For example, the least aggressive treatment for endometriosis is an oral contraceptive to regulate your hormones. This treatment is usually effective, but may not be a great option for you if you want to get pregnant. If that’s the case, Dr. Garcini may recommend a laparoscopic procedure to remove the endometrial patches and adhesions.

If you’re done with childbearing, an endometrial ablation provides excellent results in reducing and even eliminating your period, as well as the pain that comes with it.

To find relief from endometriosis, call Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.