Endometriosis Specialist

Damon Cobb Ob/Gyn

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Poway, CA

Endometriosis affects about 1 out of every 10 women in their reproductive years. If you suffer from endometriosis, you may struggle with pain, heavy bleeding, and other serious problems. The experienced team of gynecological experts at Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, understands all the negative ways that endometriosis can affect your life, and they’re here to help you feel like yourself again. Book your appointment for endometriosis treatment through the online scheduler or by phone today.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition that causes patches of the endometrium, the uterine lining, to grow outside your uterus. Usually, endometriosis develops in your pelvic cavity on your outer uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, but it can also appear virtually anywhere else in your body. Endometriosis can cause serious pain and other symptoms that can detract from your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

There are several common symptoms of endometriosis, including:

Severe pain

The main symptom of endometriosis is severe pain. Usually, the pain is most intense during your period, but you may also have serious pain just before ovulation or at other times of the month, too.

Heavy bleeding

Many women who suffer from endometriosis also have very heavy periods. If you bleed through at least one tampon or pad every hour for at least several consecutive hours, need to wear extra pads, change pads or tampons overnight, or have frequent large clots, your bleeding is heavier than normal and endometriosis may be to blame.

Long periods and short cycles

While a normal period usually lasts 2-7 days, endometriosis sufferers often have periods lasting a week or more. Your periods may also be closer together than normal. While 28 days is an average cycle, endometriosis sufferers may have closer to a 21-day cycle or even less. When you have endometriosis, you might sometimes feel as if you’re bleeding more often than you’re not.

Some women with endometriosis also struggle with infertility. These symptoms may mean you have endometriosis but are also common in other conditions like uterine fibroids. See your Damon Cobb OB/GYN doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

How is endometriosis treated?

For some patients, pain-relievers offer short-term relief, but they don’t address the actual problem of endometrial growth. Treatment options can include one or more of the following:

  • Hormones: oral contraceptives or progestin therapy to control endometrial growth
  • GnRH agonists and antagonists: induce early menopause to stop symptoms
  • Aromatase inhibitors: lower your level estrogen, may work together with hormones
  • Minimally invasive surgery: to remove endometrial growths
  • Hysterectomy: removes your uterus to end symptoms

Your provider customizes your endometriosis treatment based on your needs and goals.

For endometriosis help now, book an appointment at Damon Cobb OB/GYN by phone or through the online scheduler.