Endometriosis Specialist

Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG

OB/GYN & Medical Spa located in Tarzana, CA

About one in 10 women of reproductive age experience the painful and long-term symptoms of endometriosis. At her private practice in Tarzana, California, OB/GYN Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, offers different treatments for endometriosis depending on the severity of your condition. If you suspect you may have endometriosis, don’t delay in getting a diagnosis and treatment. Call the office of Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that affects just over 10% of American women between ages 15 and 44. This condition is more common in women in their 30s and 40s and may cause problems with getting pregnant.

When you have endometriosis, the tissue that normally grows inside your uterus, called endometrium, starts to grow in other places outside your uterus.

Endometriosis most often affects the following organs:

  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Pelvic lining
  • Outer surface of your uterus
  • Bladder, intestines, and rectum

In rare cases, endometriosis may extend beyond your pelvic organs.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Pelvic pain, which may be chronic and severe, is the most common symptom of endometriosis. This pain is often worse just before and during your menstrual period.

Other symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Pain during urination or bowel movements
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Severe period cramps and lower back pain
  • Heavy bleeding during your period
  • Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea, especially during periods

Some women with endometriosis experience no symptoms at all, which is why it’s so important to see Dr. Kadze for routine exams.

What are complications of endometriosis?

Infertility is the primary complication of endometriosis. About 40% of women with infertility also suffer from endometriosis.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a baby. It’s possible to get pregnant with endometriosis, but you may find it more difficult to do so. Dr. Kadze can answer your questions about the best options for getting pregnant with endometriosis.

How does an OB/GYN diagnose and treat endometriosis?

First, Dr. Kadze does a pelvic exam and asks questions about your medical history and menstrual cycle. If she suspects you may have endometriosis, she may suggest an ultrasound or laparoscopy procedure to confirm a diagnosis.

Treatment for endometriosis depends on the extent of your condition, types of symptoms you have, and whether or not you want to get pregnant.

Dr. Kadze usually treats endometriosis with medications and hormone therapy. If your condition is severe, she may recommend surgery.

If you have extreme pelvic pain or heavy periods, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Kadze today.