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How would I know for sure if I have endometriosis without a doctors help? And do all cases of endometriosis end with the woman unable to bear children

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Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Laparoscopy only

The diagnosis of endometriosis is only able to be confirmed by direct visualization (and ideally excisional biopsy) using a minimally invasive outpatient surgical technique known as laparoscopy.
This can be done with minimal recovery and downtime. Endometriosis is not detectable by pelvic exam, pap smear, cat scan, mri, or ultrasound. Most women with endometriosis, properly treated, can have kids.

In brief: Laparoscopy only

The diagnosis of endometriosis is only able to be confirmed by direct visualization (and ideally excisional biopsy) using a minimally invasive outpatient surgical technique known as laparoscopy.
This can be done with minimal recovery and downtime. Endometriosis is not detectable by pelvic exam, pap smear, cat scan, mri, or ultrasound. Most women with endometriosis, properly treated, can have kids.
Dr. Hugo Ribot
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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
As Dr Ribot suggests, laparoscopy is the only way to know for sure, though in some cases one can have a very good idea from history and exam.
Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: See your GYN

Diagnosis can be difficult, and endometriosis can still be present with a normal ultrasound, cat scan, and MRI scan.
Your gyn can help you decide if laparoscopy is advisable. Most patients with endometriosis will eventually get pregnant, but it may take much longer than average or require treatment by an infertility specialist.

In brief: See your GYN

Diagnosis can be difficult, and endometriosis can still be present with a normal ultrasound, cat scan, and MRI scan.
Your gyn can help you decide if laparoscopy is advisable. Most patients with endometriosis will eventually get pregnant, but it may take much longer than average or require treatment by an infertility specialist.
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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Let your doctor know the birth control pills didn't help. He/she may now recommend a laparoscopy to make a definitive diagnosis of endometriosis and to treat it.
Christopher Breen
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See a doctor

To truly find out if you have endometriosis you need to go see a physician.
This isn't a diagnosis that you can make on your own. However, the symptoms you should look for are painful periods, painful intercourse, and sometimes excessive bleeding.

In brief: See a doctor

To truly find out if you have endometriosis you need to go see a physician.
This isn't a diagnosis that you can make on your own. However, the symptoms you should look for are painful periods, painful intercourse, and sometimes excessive bleeding.
Christopher Breen
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