Endometriosis Specialist

The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia

Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialists & Gynecologists located in Annandale, VA

Endometriosis symptoms can be debilitating. Pain and heavy periods interfere with simple, daily activities because of this condition. An estimated one out of every ten women suffers from this condition, but many more suffer without a diagnosis. At The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia in Annandale, Virginia, Melissa A. Delgado, MD, FACOG treats endometriosis with medication and an integrative approach which may include minimally invasive surgery using Robotics and Laser. To find out if endometriosis is causing your chronic pelvic pain, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Delgado today.

Endometriosis Q & A

The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common disorder in which the tissue that lines the uterus, called endometrium, grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis often affects menstruation. Its other symptoms include:

  • Bowel and urinary problems
  • Heavy, painful periods
  • Infertility
  • Periods lasting longer than usual
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain during intercourse

Endometriosis is most often found in the pelvic cavity, attached to the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus, or around the bladder and rectum. Endometriosis usually affects women between the ages of 25 and 35 but can develop as soon as menstruation begins.

There are four stages of endometriosis ranging from mild to severe, though the severity of symptoms doesn’t always correspond to the stage of the condition. The severity of pain might correspond to the presence of the abnormal tissue in areas of high nerve density and the release by the tissue of biological agents which cause pain.

Doctors currently don’t know what the cause of endometriosis is and there is presently no cure. However, treatments are available to manage endometrial pain and symptoms effectively.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Because endometriosis can often be asymptomatic, there is no easy test available to diagnose the condition. If you’re experiencing symptoms, Dr. Delgado uses a variety of tests to rule out other conditions.

A laparoscopic examination is the only definitive way to confirm a diagnosis. This procedure is a minimally invasive surgery that involves “keyhole” cuts through the abdomen. In some cases, if Dr. Delgado finds endometriosis or scar tissue, she surgically removes or treats it.

How is endometriosis treated?

Dr. Delgado takes a highly individualized approach to treating your symptoms and condition. After evaluating you, she may recommend one of the following options.

  • Hormone therapy: Supplementing specific hormones helps prevent or slow endometrial tissue growth. Hormonal contraceptives and progestin therapy are commonly prescribed for women with endometriosis.
  • Pain medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers, including nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs ease menstrual cramps. If the maximum dose of pain medication doesn’t provide relief, Dr. Delgado explores other options.
  • Surgery: If endometriosis continues to impact your physical and emotional well-being or your fertility, Dr. Delgado may recommend conservative surgery to remove it. Dr. Delgado is an expert in robot-assisted surgery and can produce excellent results with minimal downtime.

To find the cause of your chronic pelvic pain, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Delgado today.