These little-known conditions are taking their toll on the lives of women of all ages, most of whom have never heard of vulvodynia or vaginismus until they finally get help.
As an OB/GYN specializing in the treatment of these challenging disorders, Dr. Allison Conn knows all too well the suffering they can cause.
“I see a lot of women who have lived in pain for a long time,” says Dr. Conn.
What is vulvodynia?
Women with vulvodynia have chronic pain, burning, itching or discomfort of the vulva, with no recognized cause. The vulva is the external part of the female genitals, including the labia, the clitoris and the opening of the vagina....
Understanding your options for pelvic pain surgery
If you’re suffering from pelvic pain and medical treatments haven’t been effective, surgery may be recommended — but that doesn’t necessarily mean a hysterectomy.
Today, there are more minimally invasive procedure options than ever before for the surgical treatment of gynecologic conditions — including endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts — that cause pelvic pain....
Endometriosis is a disease in which uterine-like tissues grow out of place and become inflamed during a woman’s menstrual cycle even though the tissues are outside the uterus. The condition can be difficult to diagnose because of its “vague” symptoms, which include lower abdominal pain, abnormal periods and fatigue. In fact, surgery is necessary for a definitive diagnosis. As a result, many women see multiple specialists before finding relief.
See an endometriosis specialist if you have:
- Severe period pain not relieved with over-the-counter medications.
- Period-related pain in other areas, such as the bowels or urinary tract.
Endometriosis is a disease that occurs when the tissue normally found in the uterus begins to grow on other abdominal organs, such as the fallopian tubes or the intestines. Women who have endometriosis may experience intense pain with their menstrual periods, chronic fatigue and infertility.
With decades of experience in women’s health, Geoffrey Schnider, MD, obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, has identified five key misconceptions about endometriosis and provided critical information about each of them.
Myth #1: I received a diagnosis of endometriosis at my clinic.
While endometriosis may be...
The Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (MIGS) program at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women provides advanced gynecological care by world-renowned professionals, who are also leading researchers in this field. Our consistently exceptional clinical and research outcomes led us to being accredited as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation, an internationally recognized patient safety organization.
Minimally invasive gynecological procedures have several advantages over traditional surgery. Patients undergoing these procedures have limited or no hospitalization, minimal post-operative pain, shorter...