If your exam, symptoms, and risk factors strongly suggest
that you have endometriosis, your doctor may suggest that you
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and/or
hormone therapy before you have other tests. If treatment improves your
symptoms after a few months, the diagnosis of endometriosis is more certain.
Your doctor will ask you questions and do a pelvic exam. But your doctor won't know for sure that it's endometriosis until a surgeon can examine your body internally.
The most common procedure to diagnose endometriosis is called laparoscopy. During this surgery a thin, lighted tube is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision.
Women are usually unconscious when it's done. Many doctors remove a small piece of tissue and test it to confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis.
a surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat endometriosis.
If your doctor recommends a laparoscopy, it will
be used to look for and possibly remove implants and scar tissue. But laparoscopy is not always needed. It is usually done when infertility
requires rapid treatment and probable surgery or when treatment has not
relieved pain or infertility.