We recognize the complexities of endometriosis and are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to decrease pain, support fertility, and enhance quality of life for those with endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that affect as much as 11% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the U.S. It occurs when tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus, known as the endometrium, grows outside of its normal location, including in the ovaries, intestines, fallopian tubes, or the peritoneal cavity. This can lead to a variety of symptoms for those suffering with endometriosis, including pain that significantly impacts quality of life..

While the first line treatment for endometriosis in conventional medicine is usually hormonal birth control, our integrative approach combines traditional medicine with evidence-based therapies to address the root cause of your symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Endometriosis

Symptoms of endometriosis can vary considerably from one individual to another, with some women experiencing severe symptoms and others having none at all. However, there are several common symptoms to be aware of:

  • Painful Periods: Discomfort that precedes menstruation and extends several days into the period.
  • Pain During Intimacy: also known as dyspareunia. Women may experience pain that ranges from mild discomfort to intense pain.
  • Pain with Bowel Movements or Urination: Often coinciding with menstrual periods.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or clotting: Endometriosis can cause heavy or prolonged periods, as well as the presence of larger clots.
  • Infertility: Difficulties conceiving can sometimes be linked to endometriosis.
  • Fatigue: Chronic tiredness that can be debilitating.
  • Stomach or Abdominal Pain: Can range from mild to severe abdominal discomfort.

If you’re struggling with painful endo symptoms, we can help — Contact a patient care coordinator now.

Risk Factors Associated with Endometriosis

You may be more likely to have endometriosis if you:

  • Started your period before age 11
  • Have short monthly cycles — less than 27 days
  • Have heavy menstrual periods that last more than 7 days
  • Are infertile
  • Have a family history of endometriosis.

If you have a female family member who has endometriosis, you’re up to seven times more likely to have endometriosis.

Diagnosing Endometriosis

Diagnosing endometriosis can be challenging, as symptoms can mimic other conditions. Our functional providers will likely do a physical or pelvic exam and order one or more of the following tests:

  • Review of Medical History: Understanding symptoms and their impact on daily life.
  • Physical Examination: Pelvic exams to check for abnormalities or cysts.
  • Laparoscopy: A surgical procedure that allows the direct visualization of endometrial growths.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Transvaginal ultrasound
  • Blood tests

As of 2022, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) now recommends laparoscopy only if imaging results are negative and other treatments are unsuccessful.

Integrative and Functional Medicine Approaches to Treatment

Our integrative medicine approach provides personalized care that goes beyond just addressing the symptoms. The key components of our treatment plan for endometriosis include:

  • Reducing Inflammation: Through diet and lifestyle changes, we help reduce the inflammatory response that can exacerbate endometriosis.
  • Managing Stress: Stress management techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, or tai chi can help reduce the physiological stress that may worsen symptoms.
  • Hormonal Balance: Supporting estrogen metabolism and promoting balance to reduce estrogen dominance, which is thought to contribute to endometriosis.
  • Digestive Health: Proper gut health is essential in managing the condition, as it is closely linked to immune function and hormone regulation.
  • Personalized Treatment: For those considering surgery or hormonal therapies, we provide individualized recommendations to ensure the most beneficial approach.

Our clinic is committed to employing the latest evidence-based treatments while also taking into account the unique situation of each patient. We believe in empowering our patients through education and support as they make informed choices about their health.

Transforming Endometriosis Treatment with Functional Medicine in Atlanta

By partnering with patients and using an integrative medicine approach, we are able to offer:

  • Comprehensive Care: Addressing the multifaceted aspects of endometriosis, from physical symptoms to emotional well-being.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Focusing on the individual's unique health needs and preferences.
  • Whole-Person Approach: Considering all factors affecting health, including body, mind, and lifestyle.

For those struggling with endometriosis, know that you are not alone. Our clinic is here to guide you through a pathway to relief and wellness.

CentreSpringMD is a leading medical center in the Atlanta area. Patients have full access to a wide range of medically reviewed services for physical and mental health. Get the support and treatment you need for chronic disease, depression, weight loss, fertility, PCOS, hormone imbalance, and much more.

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