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Endometriosis

Dr. Chadi Haddad

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Dearborn Heights, MI

Did you know that 1 in 10 women in the United States experiences endometriosis in their lifetime? The skilled team of women’s health specialists at Dr. Chadi Haddad in Dearborn, Michigan, has extensive experience helping women manage and treat their endometriosis pain. If you’re experiencing discomfort due to your endometriosis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Haddad today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disorder that occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of your uterus. Because this type of tissue isn’t supposed to develop outside of your uterus, it can cause painful cysts and scar tissue to develop.

Endometriosis can happen to anyone, and affects millions of women worldwide annually. However, you’re more likely to have endometriosis if you have:

  • Higher levels of estrogen
  • Later menopause
  • Earlier menarche (first period)
  • Low body mass index
  • Other uterine abnormalities
  • An unusually short menstrual cycle

Additionally, if your mother or sister has endometriosis, you should let your doctor know. A family history of endometriosis can put you at a higher risk of developing the disorder.

What are common symptoms of endometriosis?

Many women don’t get diagnosed with endometriosis until it starts interfering with their daily activities. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Heavy cramping during menstruation
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain during bowel movements or urination

It’s important to go to your yearly well-woman exam and let your doctor know of any unusual symptoms that may signify endometriosis. If your endometriosis is not identified, it can worsen until you feel significant discomfort.

How do you diagnose endometriosis?

If you’re experiencing discomfort due to endometriosis, schedule a visit with a member of the team at Dr. Chadi Haddad to talk about your symptoms. Be sure to discuss any family history of endometriosis or uterine disorders. If you’ve been having chronic pelvic pain, it’s recommended you keep a journal of your menstrual cycle and any other vaginal bleeding. This information can help your specialist narrow down the source of your discomfort.

Depending on your initial conversation, your specialist may suggest the following diagnostic procedures:

  • Laparoscopy
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Pelvic exam

These procedures can be conducted in-house for your maximum comfort. If this is your first time undergoing a procedure like a pelvic exam or ultrasound, let your doctor know if you have any questions or concerns beforehand.

How is endometriosis treated?

If you’ve received an endometriosis diagnosis, don’t fret. This is a common condition, and there are lots of treatments available to manage your symptoms and treat the disorder. These include:

  • Exercise
  • Surgery
  • Hormonal supplements
  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

If you’re experiencing issues like infertility as a result of your endometriosis, your doctor can refer you to a fertility specialist to work around your endometriosis to get you back on a path to conception.

Are you looking for a compassionate practice to manage your endometriosis? Call Dr. Chadi Haddad to schedule an appointment or book online today.