Diagnosis Of Endometriosis

Written by Amy Hall
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There are several excellent tests and procedures that can make the diagnosis of endometriosis more accurate. If you suspect you may suffer from endometriosis because you have experienced several of the associated symptoms, it is wise to make an appointment with your doctor promptly. He or she can then review your medical history and listen to the description of your symptoms before proceeding with testing.

A pelvic exam can determine if there is a mass or tumor causing your discomfort. Your doctor may also suggest you get a pelvic or vaginal ultrasound. In a pelvic ultrasound, a clear gel is applied to the stomach and an instrument called a transducer is moved over your pelvic region. The transducer transmits sound waves to a computer screen, allowing images of your internal organs to be seen.

In a vaginal ultrasound, a transducer is inserted into the vagina, which also sends sound waves to the computer monitor. The technician and your physician can then see your uterus and ovaries with accuracy to determine if there are any adhesions or scar tissue present. If there are, endometriosis may be the culprit. Other tests include laparoscopy, in which an incision is made in your abdomen, allowing the doctor to insert the laproscope. This tool is a thin tube with a camera and a light on the end, permitting the doctor to "see" inside your pelvic cavity. A biopsy may be taken of the tissue by inserting a tool through the laproscope. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and recovery time is one to two days with minor discomfort to be expected.

Getting the Diagnosis of Endometriosis

It can be upsetting to learn that you have endometriosis, as this is a chronic, progressive disease that often requires surgery. However, being able to put a name with your symptoms allows you and your doctor to come up with a plan of treatment that can minimize or even eliminate your pain. If you experience pelvic pain, seek out medical attention immediately, as it is worse to let endometriosis progress untreated.

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