Early Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis for Family Practice and Outpatient Gynecology Providers - Erin Unger, PA-C, CCPA
November 11, 2022 from 1:00pm EDT to 2:00pm EDT
Endometriosis, adenomyosis and/or pelvic pain affect up to 10% of biologically female patients. Disease course can be insidious and definitive diagnosis can be elusive- on average resulting in a 5-year delay from presentation to diagnosis and treatment.
Community healthcare providers are often the first people to evaluate dysmenorrhea, heavy menses and pelvic pain. They are in a unique position to assist in decreasing the time of symptom onset to diagnosis and treatment. This presentation will provide medical providers with the tools for efficient diagnosis, early medical management, patient counseling, and referral guidance.
At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:
- Identify findings on history and physical exam that suggest a diagnosis of endometriosis/adenomyosis.
- Outline the basic medical and surgical treatment options for endometriosis, including when and where to refer to specialist care.
- Identify long term complications of endometriosis including infertility/subfertility, chronic pelvic pain, intrapelvic nerve entrapment, urinary tract obstruction, and bowel obstruction.
- Feel confident in educating the patient about disease processes, treatment goals and prognosis. Provide compassionate, inclusive, trauma informed care and counseling including referrals to pelvic floor physiotherapy, mental health services, and pain management specialists.