Sharing information and hope during Endometriosis Awareness Month
If you’re one of the 10% of women facing endometriosis, our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor wants you to know that treatment can help. Identifying the signs of endometriosis and raising awareness can help our patients live their best lives. During Endometriosis Awareness Month, our team works hard to provide education about this condition and how we can help treat it.
What is this condition?
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that forms the uterine lining appears in abnormal locations. Some examples include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines and other pelvic organs. When the uterine lining thickens and then sheds during menstruation, the endometriosis tissue does the same thing. However, it has nowhere to go, so it can cause a number of symptoms.
While some patients have pain and other signs of endometriosis, including heavy cycles, infertility and digestive issues, others experience no symptoms at all. As a result, these women may not realize they have this condition until they have trouble conceiving.
Fast facts about endometriosis during Endometriosis Awareness Month
We believe that Endometriosis Awareness Month is the perfect time to highlight this condition. To educate our patients about endometriosis, our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor has provided the following helpful tidbits.
- Younger women can develop endometriosis. Once a woman begins menstruating, she is old enough to develop endometriosis.
- Endometriosis is linked to infertility. Approximately 25% to 30% of women with endometriosis will have difficulty conceiving. Our fertility doctor offers effective treatment to help our patients get pregnant.
- Endometriosis does not generally cause cancer. While endometriosis involves abnormal tissue growth, it is usually benign.
- Endometriosis is treatable. The condition might not have a cure, but we can treat endometriosis to improve quality of life and help our patients become parents.
Because women with endometriosis may not experience any symptoms, many of our patients are surprised to realize they have endometriosis. We want to help patients understand this condition and receive proper treatment. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua J. Berger.