Endometriosis Treatment in Englewood and Edgewater, NJ
Endometriosis not only causes severe abdominal pain but can affect your chances of having a child. If you’re experiencing heavy, painful periods, Yitzhack Asulin, MD is a specialist in the Englewood and Hackensack, New Jersey area that can find the cause and provide cutting-edge treatments to resolve the problem. Dr. Asulin uilizes the latest medical technologies and surgical techniques to treat endometriosis. Named a Surgeon of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by Surgical Review Corporation, he is an expert in performing robotic laparoscopic excision of endometriosis. Find out more by calling Contemporary Women’s Health at (201) 308-5591 or requesting an appointment online.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs in women when the inner uterus lining starts to grow outside of the uterus, often behind the uterus, on the bowels, or on the bladder. Endometriosis is most commonly diagnosed among women in their 30s and 40s, but the onset of the condition typically starts during reproductive years.
Specializing in the Treatment of Endometriosis
As the Director of Female Pelvic Reconstruction and Robotic Surgery at Holy Name Medical Center’s Endometriosis Center, Dr. Asulin is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. He regularly performs the most complex robotic-assisted procedures to treat this condition. Treating endometriosis is often challenging, as physicians try to remove diseased tissue while protecting the other organs from damage and preserving fertility.
What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
The most common symptoms that women experience if they have endometriosis include pain, spotting in between periods, heavy periods, infertility, and digestive problems. Not all women experience symptoms, but pain is the most common symptom and can be:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Chronic pain the lower abdomen or intestines
- Pain during or after sex
- Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods
Pain from Endometriosis is caused by the benign growth of the endometrial lining. These growths bleed in the same way as your uterus during your period. Other problems can result such as your fallopian tubes being blocked, inflammation, and scar tissue around your uterus, intestines, or bladder.
Who is at risk of developing endometriosis?
Endometriosis can happen to any New Jersey woman of child-bearing age but is more likely to develop in women who:
- Have a first-degree relative with endometriosis
- Start their period at a young age
- Never had children
- Have frequent periods or periods that last for more than seven days
- Have an immune system dysfunction
If you have these risk factors and symptoms that suggest endometriosis, come to Contemporary Women’s Health for an evaluation and treatment so you can find relief.
How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?
In addition to discussing your symptoms with Dr. Asulin, may suggest another exam to diagnosis endometriosis. During a pelvic exam, he may be able to feel for large cysts or scars behind your uterus. An ultrasound or MRI may also be done to check for ovarian cysts.
Surgery is the only way to confirm that you have endometriosis. Dr. Asulin may perform a laparoscopic procedure to see or biopsy the endometriosis growths.
What are Options for Endometriosis Management and Treatment?
Since there is no cure for endometriosis, talk with your doctor about your situation and the best symptoms management options for you.
- If you are not trying to get pregnant, hormonal birth control is usually the first step to help reduce pain and bleeding.
- If you are trying to get pregnant other hormonal medications may treat endometriosis. When birth control isn’t an option, pain medications may also be suggested for your symptoms.
- Surgery is typically recommended only when symptoms are very severe, other treatments haven’t worked, or you are having infertility problems. During surgery, the endometriosis growths are removed, which provides short term relief from pain.