Endometriosis/Acupuncture Specialist

The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia

Chronic Pelvic Pain Specialist & Gynecologist located in Vienna, 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 Vienna, 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. Some doctors are quick to treat chronic pain with prescription medication, but there’s a way to treat pain naturally. At The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia in Vienna, Virginia, Melissa A. Delgado, MD, FACOG, heals pain with Battlefield Acupuncture. Personally trained by Dr. Niemtzow, the creator of this technique, Dr. Delgado uses acupuncture to give women lasting pain relief without medication.

Endometriosis Q & A

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.

Accupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points of the body to relieve acute pain, chronic pain, and other conditions. Acupuncture has been used in China and other countries for more than 2,500 years.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that acupuncture works by balancing the flow of life force – or qi – that travels along meridians, or pathways, throughout the body. Blocked qi creates illness and pain, according to ancient Eastern beliefs.

Western practitioners believe acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural painkillers, called endorphins, and increasing blood flow. Acupuncture can treat various symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Back and hip pain
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

What does acupuncture treatment involve?

After a thorough physical exam and consultation about your health history and symptoms, Dr. Delgado creates your acupuncture treatment plan.

To gain the most benefits from your acupuncture session, please follow these guidelines from eight hours before to up to forty-eight hours after your session:

  • Do not engage in intense physical activity, including sexual activity.
  • Do not eat or drink anything very cold or very hot.
  • Do not eat any heavy meals; half of your typical meal is recommended.
  • Do not abstain from eating; please don’t attend your session hungry.
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes.
  • Do not take pain medication the day of your treatment.
  • Try to be calm and stress-free during your session.

During acupuncture treatment, Dr. Delgado inserts small, fine needles into specific points along your meridians, or energy channels, to unblock your energy and allow it to flow freely.

You may feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted, followed by a numbing, tingling sensation. This is good because it means the needle is in the correct place.

What kind of results can I expect from acupuncture, and how long will they last?

After treatment, most people experience immediate relief and relaxation. Some men and women have slight worsening of symptoms before relief is felt later. Worsening of symptoms is temporary, and relief follows shortly after.

Side effects after an acupuncture treatment may include:

  • Better, deeper night’s sleep
  • Drowsiness
  • Fainting in some cases, especially after the first appointment
  • Minor bleeding or bruising occurring in about 3% of treatments
  • Pain occurring in about 1% of treatments
  • Relaxation

Acupuncture results vary depending on the duration and severity of your symptoms. Some patients experience immediate results, while others notice improvements over the course of several days. Some men and women see their symptoms improve after six to seven treatment sessions.

Dr. Delgado recommends treatments twice a week until you’ve maintained some improvement. Treatments then progress to biweekly, then monthly until eventually checkups are required every two to three months.

Call or click today to learn more about acupuncture today.