Endometriosis is a painful disorder in women in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside the uterus on other organs or structures in the body. Endometriosis can affect a woman’s ovaries, bladder, fallopian tubes, bowel, or the tissue lining the pelvis. It is rarely found in other areas of the body. The displaced endometrial tissue still acts as it normally would, thickening, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle. There is nowhere for the tissue to exit the body, so it becomes trapped, causing irritation, scar tissue, and sometimes severe pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis, especially during the menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be treated.

UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive women’s health care in a private, personal environment, with physicians and nurses who are dedicated to delivering excellent care. Because our physicians are nationally recognized specialists in their fields, you can rest assured that you are receiving the most advanced care available. UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology is consistently ranked among the best programs of its kind in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

As part of the UAB Division of Women’s Reproductive Healthcare, UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology’s services range from complete obstetric care to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated gynecological concerns. We work closely with the UAB Medicine Interventional Radiology team to diagnose and treat your condition, using the latest and most accurate technology and imaging methods, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and CT scans. Because UAB Medicine is an academic health center, patients may be offered participation in clinical research trials, which can give you access to new techniques and treatments that are not available elsewhere in the area. Our physicians are here for you at all times, from your first routine gynecological exam, to delivering your baby, to guiding you through menopause. When you establish a relationship with our doctors, you can rely upon that relationship throughout your lifetime.

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