Endometriosis Specialist

De Shawndranique D Gray, M.D. -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

De Shawndranique D Gray, M.D.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Dallas, TX

If you have painful periods, excessive menstrual bleeding, or infertility, endometriosis might be the reason. At her office in Dallas, Texas, board-certified OB/GYN specialist De Shawndranique Gray, MD, and her expert team diagnose and treat endometriosis to reduce symptoms and give you a better quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a sometimes painful gynecological disorder in women that causes uterine tissue to grow outside the uterus. Tissue might appear on your fallopian tubes, ovaries, or the tissues lining your pelvis. 

Treatment with Dr. Gray can reduce the risk of infertility and other complications due to endometriosis.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Common symptoms associated with endometriosis include:

  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Painful periods
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Painful urination
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Difficulty getting pregnant 
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Nausea

If you suspect you have endometriosis, see Dr. Gray and her team for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for endometriosis?

Endometriosis can happen to any woman, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Family history of endometriosis 
  • Beginning menstruation at an early age
  • Never giving birth
  • Going through menopause at an older age
  • Heavy or long-lasting periods 
  • Short menstrual cycles
  • High estrogen levels
  • Low body mass index (BMI)
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Reproductive tract disorders

Symptoms of endometriosis may improve with menopause or pregnancy. Treatment with Dr. Gray can also offer you symptom relief. 

How does my doctor diagnose endometriosis?

To find out if you have endometriosis, Dr. Gray discusses your symptoms and medical history. She completes a physical examination, including a pelvic exam, to feel areas of your pelvis for abnormalities. 

She may recommend you undergo an ultrasound, MRI, or a minor surgical procedure called laparoscopy to get an in-depth view of the inside of your abdomen. 

What are my treatment options for endometriosis?

Your treatment for endometriosis might include:

Hormone treatments

Taking hormones can slow down abnormal tissue growth and prevent future problems. You might take birth control pills or use patches, vaginal rings, intrauterine devices (IUDs), or other hormone treatments. 

Surgery

Conservative surgery with Dr. Gray and her team can remove endometrial implant tissue while preserving your ovaries and uterus. She might use laparoscopic or robotic-assisted technology to complete your procedure. Dr. Gray can also remove your uterus and/or ovaries if you don’t want to have children in the future.

Fertility treatments

If you struggle to get pregnant because of endometriosis, Dr. Gray offers infertility treatments that increase your chance of conceiving. 

To learn more about endometriosis and find out if you have it, call the office of De Shawndranique Gray, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.

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