Endometriosis | Diagnosis & Tests

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How does my doctor know I have it?

Your doctor will do a physical exam and listen as you describe your symptoms. Your doctor may suspect that endometriosis is causing your symptoms, but the only way for your doctor to be sure is to do a laparoscopy (say: "lap-ah-ross-ca-pee"). This is a way for the doctor to look inside your uterus by making a small cut in your skin and putting a thin tube inside your abdomen. The doctor can then use a tiny camera to see if there are spots of endometriosis. If your doctor decides to perform this procedure, you will be given medicine so you won't feel any pain.

Source

Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis by C Wellbery, MD (American Family Physician October 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/991015ap/1753.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00

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