do doctors diagnose endometriosis?
Symptoms of endometriosis often begin seven, to twelve days before the
woman’s period occur and worsen during the period. There may also
be painful intercourse or bowel movements depending on where exactly the
cells have attached.
Unfortunately the diagnosis of endometriosis is difficult. There are no
laboratory tests that can identify the problem and the groups of cells,
even though quite painful, are usually too small to show up using an x-ray
or sonogram. Because of these difficulties the most effective tool for
diagnosis is laparoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive and very common
surgical technique allows the surgeon to look into the abdomen with a
very small scope and actually view the area and the find the exact location
of the misplaced endometrial cells.