How Is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

Many women first suspect they have endometriosis due to the symptoms they experience. Some of the most common symptoms include:
  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Heavy menstrual flow
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Infertility
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Pelvic floor pain
To diagnose endometriosis, your doctor will have to perform a laparoscopy, a surgical diagnostic procedure that allows examination of the abdomen, uterus and surrounding areas. During this procedure, your doctor will take a tissue sample and biopsy it to determine if there are abnormalities. Your doctor might also perform an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI to confirm your diagnosis.
When you’re diagnosed with endometriosis, your doctor will categorize your condition as Stage 1-4. Stage 1 is the most minimal form of endometriosis, and the stages continue to mild, moderate and severe by Stage 4. The stage of your endometriosis refers to the extent that the endometrial tissue has spread and affected other parts of the body. It is not, however, representative of the level of pain one feels due to the condition. Someone in stage 1 of the disease might experience more pain than someone in Stage 3 or 4.

How Do You Treat Endometriosis?

Although there are currently no cures for endometriosis, there are many treatment options available that allow those affected by the condition to live normal, happy lives. Depending on the intensity of your symptoms, overall health and desire for pregnancy, your physician may suggest any of these treatment options or even a combination of them.

With all of these treatment options, make sure you are in regular communication with your healthcare provider and ensure they are aware of any changes in your condition.

Pain Management
For mild cases, your doctor might simply prescribe you pain medication and pain management tips, like warm baths, exercise and meditation.
Hormone Therapy
For mild cases, your doctor might simply prescribe you pain medication and pain management tips, like warm baths, exercise and meditation.
Surgery
For mild cases, your doctor might simply prescribe you pain medication and pain management tips, like warm baths, exercise and meditation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How early can you be diagnosed with Endometriosis?

Diagnosis and symptoms can start for some women around their first menstrual period. 

How do you live with the pain of Endometriosis?

The diagnosis can be emotionally and physically impacting. The best course of action is to seek information for your doctor. Being informed of the symptoms is crucial. 

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