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Endometriosis Specialist

Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine

OBGYN and Aesthetics located in St. Augustine, FL

If you experience endometriosis, you’re not alone. About one in 10 women in the United States have this painful condition, but many suffer undiagnosed for years. Sherri Maetozo, MD, at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida, can help you treat your endometriosis symptoms. The all-female, compassionate staff listens to your symptoms and designs a customized treatment plan just for you. Call or book your first appointment online.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis happens when the tissue of the uterine lining mistakenly travels outside the uterus. This tissue can then cause cysts, scar tissue, and excess tissue growth, leading to pain and discomfort.

If you have endometriosis, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Pain during sex
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Pain when urinating
  • Bleeding
  • Heavy cramping during periods
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility

Although these symptoms can be overwhelming and affect your quality of life, treatment by an expert practitioner can target and reduce both the root cause of your endometriosis and the symptoms.

Who is at risk for endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a very common condition and affects over 200 million women across the globe each year. However, there are certain characteristics that might put you more at risk for endometriosis. These include:

  • Early start to first period
  • Late menopause
  • Lower body mass index
  • Family history of endometriosis
  • Uterus abnormalities
  • Short menstrual cycle
  • High levels of estrogen

If you have endometriosis, symptoms might start a few years after you first get your period. If your endometriosis is untreated, your symptoms might not end until menopause.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

At your first consultation], tell your provider about your symptoms. It might be helpful to keep a record of your periods or your bleeding patterns. Your doctor might order the following tests to confirm if you have endometriosis:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Laparoscopy

If this is your first time seeing a gynecologist, it’s OK to be nervous. Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine provides compassionate care and goes to great lengths to ensure you’re comfortable and feel empowered to ask any questions during your visit.

How is endometriosis treated?

There are many options for treating endometriosis, depending on the cause and severity of your symptoms. Common treatment options include:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Hormone supplements
  • Surgery
  • Fertility treatment
  • Regular exercise

Many women can find relief with one or more of these options. Talk to your doctor to find the right treatment plan for you.

Ready to take control of your endometriosis today? Call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine or book your first appointment online.