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Endometriosis

Approximately 1 in 10 women have endometriosis. Endometriosis is when the endometrium – the blood and tissue that is normally shed monthly from the uterus – starts to grow outside the uterus.

Endometriosis mostly affects women between the ages of 25 to 35 years but can occur as early as the first period. While there is no cure, a dedicated gynecologist can work with you to customize treatment and management so you can thrive while living with endometriosis.

Causes

  • Retrograde menstruation
  • Transformation of peritoneal cells
  • Embryonic cell transformation
  • Immunity system disorder
  • Endometrial cell transport
  • Genetics

Symptoms

  • Painful periods, such as cramping or other pelvic pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
  • Excessive bleeding during periods or spotting
  • Infertility
  • Other symptoms

What treatments are available?

  • Medical management
  • Conservative surgical treatment
  • Definitive surgery (removal of ovaries, etc)

A partnership.

Your gynecologist will work with you on a customized management plan, often involving other specialists, including:

Resources

Learn more about endometriosis by reading this blog, authored by Dr. Eric Heegaard.

Looking for support and resources for endometriosis? Connect with others at MN Endo Warriors.

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Dr. Eric Heegaard, MD

Dr. Eric Heegaard is a gynecologic surgeon whose surgical practice has been at the forefront of minimally invasive gynecology for over two decades. Dr. Heegaard was one of the first gynecologic surgeons in Minnesota credentialed to use the Davinci Robot and has served as a mentor for other gynecologists.

Make an appointment with Dr. Heegaard at 612-873-6963.

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