Endometriosis Awareness

One in ten women will be diagnosed with endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a disease that is also a condition where the cells inside the uterus begin growing outside the uterus, says Dr. Patricia Gunter, Menopause and Osteoporosis specialist with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic.   In an interview with KXAN’s Gigi Barnett, Dr. Gunter explains that women with endometriosis may have these endometrial cells growing on their fallopian tubes, bladder and bowels.  Although, research has and continues to be done, there are many theories as to why this occurs but no one specific reason.


The most common symptoms for endometriosis are:

  • Pain: either with your period or during intercourse
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

Although, Dr. Gunter says, couples who have difficulty achieving pregnancy will work with their doctor to rule out the following:

  • Ruling out issues with the male
  • Ovulation issues
  • Endometriosis would be considered following testing for the aforementioned concerns

At what age is it most prevalent?

Anyone of reproductive age may get endometriosis (from teenagers to women in their 50s), and the chances may increase with the onset of menopause.   The disease is may also present in women of all ethnicities.   There is still a lot of ongoing research for the cause of this disease.

What can you do if you suspect endometriosis?

  • Make an appointment with your Ob/Gyn


Depending on the patient’s desire to get pregnant, Dr. Gunter says there are many treatment options for patients including medications and sometimes surgery.  For additional information, we’ve attached an FAQ from the American College of Gynecology below under resources.   If you wish to see an ADC Ob/Gyn call us at 512-901-4063 or visit the Ob/Gyn page to request an appointment.