Endometriosis is currently the leading cause of female infertility. The symptoms may include heavy menstrual bleeding, increased menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, pain during intercourse and more. If you have any or some of the symptoms above and think that you may have Endometriosis, it is important to let your physician know so that he or she can diagnose and, if appropriate, provide treatment.
Diagnosis will usually involve a physical exam as well as other tests. It may also involve a Laparoscopy. A Laparascopy is a procedure that involves making a small incision in the abdomen and inserting a lighted tube to enable a physician to look at the female pelvic and abdominal organs. During this procedure, a tissue sample may also be taken for a biopsy. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure and is a very important diagnostic tool for determining whether or not a patient has Endometriosis. It can also be used to rule out other, more serious conditions. In some cases Laparascopy may also be used to treat Endometriosis. Hormonal therapies such as Progestins/Progesterone, GnRH-analogues, Danazol and Mirena may also be used to treat this chronic, painful condition.
If you are diagnosed with Endometriosis, your physician can help determine the best course of treatment based on the severity of your symptoms. If you are planning on starting a family, it is especially important to first treat your Endometriosis to increase your chances of conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.