Evaluation and Treatment
Endometriosis is when uterine lining grows outside the uterus. This does not always cause symptoms and is usually not dangerous, but it can cause pain, abnormal bleeding, and infertility. The lining acts like the uterine lining inside the uterus, building up as it prepares for a fertilized egg, but breaking down when a fertilized egg is not present. However, because endometriosis is outside the uterus, the blood cannot flow out and irritates the lining, sometimes causing scars.
Many women experience no symptoms from endometriosis while other experience pelvic pain, painful periods, pain during intercourse, and trouble conceiving.
Endometriosis can be suspected based on history and examination, however, it can only be diagnosed by a laparoscopic surgery. If you believe there is a chance you have endometriosis, do not hesitate to set up an appointment with your physician for an examination.