Diagnosing and treating Endometriosis
By Thomas Lyons, M.D.
More than 5 million women in the United States have endometriosis* — making it one of the most common health problems for women. “It is also one of the most enigmatic diseases physicians see,” says Thomas Lyons, M.D., a physician specializing in female reproductive medicine and gynecology with DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Montreal OB/GYN, recognized for its expertise on endometriosis and a pioneer in gynecologic surgery.
For example, the most common symptom of endometriosis is pain, but only 1 in every 5 women with the disease experiences pain, Dr. Lyons says. “In fact, some women only discover they have the disease when they are treated for other conditions such as ovarian cysts.”
Because endometrial symptoms are vague, they are often attributed to other diseases, such as irritable bowel or bladder syndromes, says Lyons. “If there is pain or other symptoms that might be endometriosis, it is best to have the diagnosis confirmed,” he says. “It is important that all questions be fully answered and no symptoms, even vague symptoms, be glossed over. While there is no cure, there are effective treatments.”
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* Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Endometriosis Fact Sheet: What is Endometriosis? www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/endometriosis.html