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March 31, 2016

What is Endometriosis?

What is Endometriosis? By Dr. Chris Barton

Endometriosis is a medical disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus implants outside the uterus.  The endometriotic lesions then thicken and bleed with each menstrual cycle.  The surrounding tissues can become inflamed and eventually develop scar tissue which can affect the reproductive organs.  In addition, if endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts may form.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is painful periods.  However, it may also present as pain with urination, bowel movements, and intercourse.  Unfortunately, infertility may be the first presenting symptom.  

There are multiple treatment options for endometriosis.  The best treatment depends on the individual and whether or not she desires to get pregnant in the near future.  There are oral medications, injections, and even the Mirena IUD has been shown to improve the quality of life in patients with this medical disorder.  

Minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery continues to be the best method of diagnosing endometriosis.  A laparoscopic procedure can also be used to remove the endometriotic lesions, and improve fertility rates.

Discovering this medical disorder early may help you avoid complications and unnecessary pain.  It is important to talk to your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that may be consistent with endometriosis.

Dr. Barton completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Utah before obtaining his Medical Degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  He then completed his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Temple University Hospital, providing care to those in the inner city.  He has also served with Doctors without Borders on a medical mission to Barranquilla, Colombia.
He has been in practice since 2011.  His goal is to offer the best care available in the most personalized fashion possible.  Treat every patient as though she is the only patient.  You can count on him being the doctor you see not only for prenatal care, but for your delivery as well.  He has always delivered more than 98% of his obstetric patients.  In addition, he has special interest in laparoscopic surgery with an emphasis on pelvic pain and endometriosis.  He also offers the latest with in-office procedures and ultrasound.
He has been married since 2003 and lives with his wife and two children in the Holladay area.  He enjoys spending time supporting his kids with Jr. Jazz, soccer, and dance.  He also has interest in speaking Spanish and studying international cultures. Dr. Barton is accepting new patients, please call Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center at 801.214.7650.