Your gynecologists in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, can help if you have endometriosis.
Menstruation isn’t always regular and predictable. Sometimes your period can be early, late, spotty without much bleeding, or heavy with lots of bleeding. So, how can you tell if your irregular periods might be something more serious, like endometriosis? Fortunately, your OBGYN can help.
Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta offer a wide range of OBGYN services in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, including treatment of irregular periods.
The average length of a period is 28 days. You have irregular bleeding if:
- Your menstrual cycle length keeps changing
- Your periods are chronically early
- Your periods are chronically late
You may have irregular periods because:
- You are going through puberty
- You are pregnant
- You are going through menopause
- You are taking birth control
You may also have irregular periods because of something more serious, like endometriosis.
A layer of tissue known as the endometrium lines the inside of your uterus. Sometimes that layer grows outside of the uterus. When this happens, the endometrial tissue thickens and breaks down. When you menstruate, the tissue becomes trapped within your body, causing painful symptoms like severe cramping and other issues.
The main signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Extended pelvic pain and cramping
- Lower back and abdominal pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Painful urination or bowel movements
- Excessive bleeding during or between periods
- Fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation
Endometriosis is diagnosed by several methods, including pelvic examination, a transvaginal ultrasound, MRI, or laparoscopy.
Your doctor will develop a treatment plan based on how severe your symptoms are and whether you want to become pregnant. Medication is a conservative treatment that is tried first. Surgery may be necessary for moderate to severe endometriosis.
To learn more about irregular bleeding and endometriosis, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, at (201) 447-1700 or (201) 447-0467 now!