Kevin Stepp, MD Endometriosis Surgeon Women's Center for Pelvic Health
Elizabeth Morgan, MD Pelvic Pain Specialist Women's Center for Pelvic Health
Paul Marshburn, MD Infertility Specialist Carolinas HealthCare System Reproductive Medicine and Infertility
Aviva Stein, MD Obstetrician and Gynecologist Charlotte OB/GYN
Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful reproductive disease that can go undiagnosed and untreated. As many as 1 in 10 women in the US suffers from the disease, which can be linked to infertility.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis develops when tissue of the uterine lining - which is usually shed during your period - implants in areas outside of the uterus (for example, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or bladder). Eventually it accumulates and can cause inflammation, scarring, and other painful issues.
Every woman’s experience with endometriosis is unique. Pain can range from mild to extreme, and even debilitating. And it tends to get worse over time.
The most common symptoms include:
Severe cramps during menstruation
Heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding
Chronic discomfort in pelvic area and low back
Pain during and after sexual activity
Pain with bladder or bowl function
Diarrhea, constipation, nausea and/or bloating, especially during your period
Infertility or miscarriage
Treatment at Carolinas HealthCare System
At Carolinas HealthCare System, we offer compassionate, advanced care from leading endometriosis and reproductive health experts. When you connect with us, our OB/GYN doctors are able to diagnose your condition, provide treatment options and a referral to one of our endometriosis or fertility specialists if needed.
If getting pregnant is a concern, our fertility specialists work closely with your OB/GYN doctor and endometriosis specialists to develop and co-manage your individual treatment plan to provide the best possible outcomes for improving your health and your chances of getting pregnant.
If you think you may have endometriosis, your OB/GYN physician can help diagnose and co-manage your condition with our endometriosis specialists and reproductive medicine experts. If you do not have an OB/GYN physician and would like help finding one, call 704-355-7500.