Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, causing pain and sometimes infertility. Gynecologists can check for endometriosis through several methods, including:
- Medical history: The gynecologist will ask about your symptoms, such as painful periods, pain during sex, or pelvic pain.
- Physical exam: The gynecologist will perform a pelvic exam to check for any abnormalities or areas of tenderness.
- Ultrasound: An ultrasound can help detect endometriosis cysts or lesions.
- Laparoscopy: This is a surgical procedure in which a small camera is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen to view the pelvic area. If endometriosis is found during the laparoscopy, the surgeon can also remove any visible endometrial tissue.
It’s important to note that endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose and may require multiple tests and evaluations. If you’re experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, it’s important to speak with your gynecologist to determine the best course of action.