Symptoms of Endometriosis
Symptoms endometriosis, are varied and will differ between each suffer. If you have endometriosis, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
|* Chronic pelvic pain|
|* Pain during intercourse|
|* Ovulation pain|
|* Pain in the lower back and thighs|
|* Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)|
|* Painful menstruation periods|
Diagnosis & Treatment for Endometriosis
A medical diagnosis can be made using imaging and laboratory tests to check hormone levels and examine your pelvis. Endometriosis may not show up during an internal pelvic examination, and you may need to be referred to a gynaecologist.
Your doctor may ask you questions about your symptoms and menstrual cycle.
Treatment options for endometriosis include: [i]
|* No treatment|
|* Medical therapy such as oral contraceptives|
|* Laparoscopy which is an effective surgical approach to examine pelvic organs|
|* Or combination therapy of any of the above|
Endometriosis is a chronic disorder, so if laparoscopy surgery is used as treatment recurrent symptoms may still occur within two years. [ii]. If you think you may have endometriosis, consult your doctor for professional medical advice or to discuss any symptoms or surveillance.
[i] Valle, R.F. & Sciarra, J.J. ‘Endometriosis: treatment strategies’ Annals of New York Academic Science 2003; 229-39
[ii] Olive, D.L. ‘Endometriosis: does surgery make a difference’ OBG Management 2002; 14: 56-70