How to Know if You Have Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a common condition that affects millions of women in the United States. In endometriosis, the endometrium, or the tissue that lines the uterus, grows outside it. It may appear on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterine ligaments, pelvic cavity, bowel, bladder, vagina, cervix, vulva, abdominal surgical scars, and even lungs, arm, thighs, and elsewhere. It is not yet known what causes endometriosis, though genetics is the likely culprit as the condition often runs in families. Here at Madonna OB/GYN and Medical Spa, we encourage you to learn more about endometriosis and what can be done to address the condition.

How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

The doctor will start by taking the patient’s medical history and performing a pelvic exam. If the symptoms and their timing lead them to suspect the patient has endometriosis, they will order a laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that lets the gynecologist take a look at the patient’s reproductive organs. The doctor will create an opening on the patient’s abdomen and insert a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera attached to it. A laparoscopy can help the doctor observe the size, extent, and location of the growths.

Curious to Learn More? Get In Touch with Us for Further Information

If you would like to learn more about endometriosis and what can be done to treat it, we warmly invite you to get in touch with us and book an appointment with Madonna OB/GYN and Medical Spa! At our convenient locations in Rochester and Geneseo, our dedicated and knowledgeable professionals will be happy to explain your options in full, address any questions or concerns you may have, and help you decide which route is best for you. Contact us today to set up your appointment – we look forward to hearing from you!