How Is Endometriosis Diagnosed?
Despite advances in medical technology, a confirmation of endometriosis still requires surgical biopsy. This is obtained through a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy, a typically out-patient, minimally-invasive procedure. Performed under general anesthesia, this procedure allows your doctor to view the abdominal and pelvic organs to diagnose and subsequently extract the disease. Though certain diagnostic tests can be used as part of a preliminary work-up, anything less than surgical confirmation of endometriosis is considered uncertain.
Unfortunately, women and girls are often misdiagnosed or directed to "manage" the pain for years with painkillers and other medications, but these only mask symptoms of the disease. Patients are also sometimes misled to believe that the only long-term solution is removal of all female reproductive organs, which is a myth. Endometriosis is not cured by removal of the reproductive organs. This dangerous misconception is responsible for countless, needless hysterectomies performed each year.