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.
Your periods have changed from relatively
pain-free to painful.
Pain interferes with your daily
You begin to have pain during
You have painful urination, blood in your urine, or an
inability to control the flow of urine.
You have blood in your
stool, you develop pain, or a you have a significant, unexplained change in your bowel
You are not able to become pregnant after trying for 12
If you have mild pain during your period but
have no other symptoms or concerns, you can wait through several menstrual
cycles. Then at your next routine visit with your doctor, you can discuss your pain.
Home treatment may be all that you need to relieve
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate
endometriosis and help you manage the pain