Endometriosis FAQs with Jessica Koshy, D.O.

Endometriosis is an often misunderstood condition, and it's crucial to address the questions and concerns surrounding it to ensure patients diagnosed with the disease can manage their symptoms. Jessica Koshy, D.O., who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Utica Park Clinic, answered a few frequently asked questions to shed some light on endometriosis.

1. What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, typically on other pelvic organs. This can lead to pain, inflammation, and in severe cases, infertility.

2. What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Common symptoms include pelvic pain, painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, pain during intercourse, and infertility. However, symptoms can vary greatly among individuals.

3. How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Diagnosis often involves a combination of medical history, pelvic exams, imaging tests such as ultrasound, and sometimes laparoscopic surgery for definitive diagnosis by visual inspection.

4. What treatment options are available for endometriosis?

Treatment varies depending on the severity of symptoms and the individual's goals. Options include pain medication, hormone therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgery to remove endometrial tissue.

5. Can endometriosis be cured?

While there is currently no cure for endometriosis, symptoms can often be managed effectively with appropriate treatment, allowing individuals to lead fulfilling lives.

Dr. Koshy is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment or learn more, visit this link or call 918-858-0008.