Excessively painful periods can be very disruptive to a woman’s lifestyle and ability to meet family and work responsibilities. Often these symptoms may have started in her teen years and worsened over time. These are features that are suggestive of a more serious disorder called endometriosis. This is a condition in which uterine lining cells have spread to other areas outside the uterus, causing inflammation and pain from menstrual bleeding in the pelvis. This type of inflammation produces much more pain than usual menstrual cramps, and can be associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches.
Long-standing endometriosis can lead to internal scarring and pelvic muscle spasm that can make certain activities or sexual intercourse particularly painful. Untreated, it can also lead to fertility issues.
Fortunately, there are a range of treatment options that can be effective in treating endometriosis. At Selah, our providers are experienced in providing medical and surgical treatments, and often refer to ancillary services such as physical therapy to maximize symptom relief.