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    Endometriosis - Symptoms

    Some women with endometriosis don't have symptoms. Other women have symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:

    Symptoms are often most severe just before and during your menstrual period. They get better as your period is ending. Some women, especially teens, have pain all the time.

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    Understanding Endometriosis -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    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.

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    Several other conditions can cause symptoms that are similar to endometriosis. These conditions include painful periods, adenomyosis, and uterine fibroids.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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