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Endometriosis Specialist

Stedman Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials Center & Psychiatric Treatment located in Tampa, FL

Endometriosis affects one out of every ten women of reproductive age and can lead to chronic pain and infertility. Stedman Clinical Trials in Tampa, Florida, is currently looking for participants for an endometriosis research study. To see if you’re eligible for an endometriosis clinical study, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful gynecological condition that causes the tissue lining your uterus (endometrium) to grow outside of your uterus.

During your menstrual cycle, your endometrium thickens in anticipation of pregnancy. If you don’t become pregnant, the tissue breaks down, leading to menstrual bleeding. When this tissue grows on your fallopian tubes, ovaries, or pelvis, it acts the same.

However, when your endometrium grows in these other areas of your body, it gets trapped. This tissue breakdown can lead to inflammation, scarring, and the development of adhesions. 

What are endometriosis symptoms?

Severe pelvic pain, especially during menstruation, is the most common symptom of endometriosis. However, you may also experience:

  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain during a bowel movement
  • Infertility

Endometriosis symptoms can vary in type and severity. However, the severity of your symptoms may not correlate with the extent of your endometrial tissue overgrowth. 

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Because many other conditions can cause the symptoms of endometriosis, women can go years without getting a proper diagnosis. Various diagnostic tests may be used to assist with a diagnosis, such as an ultrasound or MRI.

In some cases, a laparoscopy is performed to confirm a diagnosis. During this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor inserts a laparoscope (a thin surgical camera) through a tiny incision into your abdominal cavity. The camera allows your doctor to view your reproductive organs and determine the size and location of your endometrial tissue. 

How is endometriosis treated?

Treatment for endometriosis depends on the types of symptoms you’re experiencing and how they interfere with your life. Typically, treatment includes medication or surgery.

Am I a good candidate for an endometriosis clinical trial?

Stedman Clinical Trials determines if you’re a good candidate for an endometriosis clinical trial during a consultation. Eligibility may depend on your diagnosis, age, the severity of symptoms, and willingness to participate in all study requirements.

The goal of every research study conducted at Stedman Clinical Trials is to better understand the disease of interest and test alternate treatment options.

A clinical trial for endometriosis may include the use of an FDA-approved medication not currently indicated for the condition.

For more information about the endometriosis clinical trial, call Stedman Clinical Trials, or select the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.