Endometriosis is Diagnosed and Treated at Mercy Medical Center

Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of a woman’s uterus begins to grow on the outside of the uterus, typically on the ovaries and the lining of the pelvic area. This animation explains the normal menstrual cycle and what happens if you have endometriosis.

The Endometriosis Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, part of The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy, offers patients a highly skilled team of surgeons and specialists experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. 

About the Condition

Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of a woman’s uterus begins to grow on the outside of the uterus, typically on the ovaries and the lining of the pelvic area. The abnormal growth can result in severe pain and fertility problems. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Endometriosis symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during periods
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Lower back pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infertility

Along with pelvic exams and ultrasounds, endometriosis is typically diagnosed through laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery used to look at the uterus and surrounding areas for signs of abnormal growth. 

The doctors of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy are among an exclusive group of physicians who utilize a special technology known as Narrow Band Imaging during laparoscopy to detect especially difficult forms of endometriosis.

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Treatment Options

Treatment may depend on the severity of the endometriosis. Medications may be used to treat some cases of endometriosis. Hormone therapy may be used to manage estrogen and hormone levels. In more severe cases, surgery such as laparoscopic surgery may be required to treat endometriosis.

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