Endometriosis Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

OB/GYNs & Urogynecologists located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

Living with endometriosis can be painful if you don’t get treatment. The team of caring OB/GYNs at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California, have helped countless women overcome their struggles with endometriosis. By providing minimally invasive endometriosis surgeries and improving fertility issues among patients who have this condition, the team can give you the care you need. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule your endometriosis evaluation.


What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis occurs when your inner uterine lining, called the endometrium, sticks to the outside of your uterus. Sometimes this tissue also gets implanted on your fallopian tubes or ovaries too, although it doesn’t usually go beyond your pelvic area.

This is the lining that sheds each month during your menstrual cycle if you aren’t pregnant. But with endometriosis, the tissue winds up stuck in places where it shouldn’t be, which causes severe pain and cramping as the tissue swells and bleeds.

Will I know if I have endometriosis?

Possibly, although the only way to know for sure is to go through a thorough examination and possibly a diagnostic laparoscopy. Most women have obvious symptoms when they have endometriosis, but symptoms affect each woman differently. You might experience:

  • Severe pain during menstrual periods
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Spotting before periods
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain while voiding your bowels
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

How does the doctor treat endometriosis?

Endometriosis treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. If your only symptom is a little more cramping with your monthly periods, you may just need an occasional pain reliever. For severe pain, you might need prescription medications. Many women benefit from hormone therapy.

Birth control pills, for instance, regulate hormones that are responsible for monthly endometrial tissue buildup. This can help eliminate endometriosis pain. Other hormone medications, including progesterone, also work to regulate your hormones and minimize endometrial discomfort.

If you’re trying to conceive, it might be time to consider surgery. The experts OB/GYNs at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica perform laparoscopic surgeries to treat endometriosis. Making a few small incisions allows them to carefully remove endometrial tissue without affecting your fertility.

Is endometriosis linked to cancer?

Having endometriosis doesn’t mean you have a higher chance of suffering from female reproductive cancers, like endometrial or uterine cancers.

If women in your family have endometriosis, your risk of having it might be higher. But unless endometrial cancer also runs in your family, your chances of cancer are minuscule.