Endometriosis Specialist

Melissa G. Drake, M.D. -  - OB-GYN

Melissa G. Drake, M.D.

OB-GYN & Women’s Health Doctor located in Santa Barbara, CA

Endometriosis is a condition that affects over 11% of women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44. Dr. Drake has extensive experience helping women in the Santa Barbara, California area overcome the physical and quality of life issues that often accompany endometriosis, from pain and discomfort to heavy bleeding. To gain the upper hand on your endometriosis, call or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of your uterus grows outside your uterus. During your normal menstrual cycle, your endometrium, which is the term used for the lining of your uterus, thickens in anticipation of hosting a fertilized egg. When the egg doesn’t arrive, this tissue sheds out, which creates your period. After your period, the cycle begins anew.

In women who have endometriosis, the endometrium grows outside the uterus, often covering neighboring organs and tissue, including:

  • Your fallopian tubes
  • Your ovaries
  • The outside of your uterus
  • The tissue that holds your uterus in place

The problem lies in the fact that this tissue goes through the same cycle as it would inside your uterus, thickening each month, and then shedding out, except it has nowhere to go. Because of this, adhesions and scar tissue can form, and cysts can develop on your ovaries, which affects your fertility.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

By far the most common indicator of endometriosis is pain, which is caused by the trapped endometrium. This pain flares during your periods as your body signals the tissue to leave. Other symptoms that may indicate the presence of endometriosis include:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pain with urination or bowel movements

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to see Dr. Drake, who can alleviate your pain and address your condition.

How is endometriosis treated?

Dr. Drake has many tools at her disposal to help you manage endometriosis. It's important to note that since there's no known cause for endometriosis, there's no magic bullet when it comes to a cure. What Dr. Drake can do is help you effectively manage the condition, restoring your quality of life. To do this, she offers:

  • Pain medications
  • Hormone therapy to control your ovulation and menstruation
  • Surgery to remove excess tissue
  • Endometrial ablation

Dr. Drake aims to help you find a solution that's in line with your goals. For example, if you want to get pregnant, she works with you on finding a treatment that sets you up for the best chances of success. If pregnancy isn't an issue, but pain and bleeding are, Dr. Drake uses a treatment that relieves your discomfort.

The bottom line is that you don’t have to live with the often painful side effects of endometriosis. Call Dr. Melissa Drake or book an appointment online to get relief.