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Endometriosis Specialist

Tchabo Care Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB-GYNs located in Arlington, VA

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic condition that affects millions of women in the United States, but new and progressive treatments can provide relief from the symptoms associated with the condition. At Tchabo Care Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Jean-Gilles Tchabo and his staff offer the latest endometriosis treatments for women in the Arlington, Virginia, area, as well as on-going guidance for any complications endometriosis can cause with fertility or menopause.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis and what are the symptoms?

Endometriosis is when the lining of tissue that’s typically found inside the uterus, grows outside of it, which can end up affecting the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Endometriosis typically causes severe pain in the pelvis region, especially before and during periods. Some women also experience lower back pain or pain in the abdominal area.

Other symptoms of this condition include:

  • painful intercourse
  • discomfort while urinating or having bowel movements
  • heavy periods
  • bleeding in between periods.
  • fatigue
  • bloating, nausea, and other gastrointestinal problems

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Tchabo and his team can work up a full evaluation and get you started on a treatment plan.

What causes endometriosis?

Researchers don’t know the underlying cause of this condition, but certain factors might play a role in its development, such as:

  • immune system disorders
  • menstrual blood that flows to the pelvis instead of out of the body
  • movement of endometrial cells to other areas
  • shorter menstrual cycles, or being younger when menstruation starts
  • family history of endometriosis
  • abnormalities in the uterus
  • higher estrogen levels
  • those with a low body mass index might also have a higher risk of this condition

What are the complications of endometriosis?

Endometriosis can cause fertility problems when left untreated: women with this condition might have a more difficult time conceiving due to blockages in the fallopian tubes or damaged eggs. Endometriosis is also associated with a higher occurrence of ovarian cancer, but this is a low risk overall.

How does Dr. Tchabo treat endometriosis?

Dr. Tchabo reviews treatment options with each patient. These options might differ depending on the patient’s symptoms, the severity of the condition, and whether or not the patient is planning on having children. Generally, treatment options include:

  • over-the-counter pain medications for menstrual pain and cramping
  • hormone therapy to slow the growth rate of endometrial tissue
  • surgery to remove endometrial tissue.

Since each case is unique, contact Tchabo Care Obstetrics & Gynecology to find the best of course of action.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Tchabo Care Obstetrics & Gynecology, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Guardian
Health Net
UnitedHealthcare