To see whether your symptoms are
endometriosis, your doctor first
Talk to you about your family and medical
history, symptoms, and menstrual periods.
pelvic exam. This often includes checking both the
vagina and rectum.
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.
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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.