Health Matters

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Guest: Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton

Endometriosis is a common condition that can affect women. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an ob/gyn physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine discusses the symptoms and treatments.

“Endometriosis occurs when tissue from the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterine cavity. Women with endometriosis may have chronic pelvic pain, severe menstrual cramps, painful intercourse, infertility, or no symptoms at all. An examination with physician can be helpful. Surgery can confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis but is unnecessary for the initial evaluation and treatment.”

“Suspected or confirmed endometriosis can be treated with lifestyle changes, over the counter medications, hormonal treatments, and sometimes surgical interventions. This condition often has an unpredictable course, so work with a health care team if you have concerns about endometriosis.”

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