Seeking medical treatment for Endometriosis? Here are a few important things to keep in mind when consulting a physician:
Who is most likely to be diagnosed with Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is most commonly diagnosed in women aged 20-40, yet symptoms can be experienced at both an earlier and a later age. Women suffering from chronic pelvic pain and/ or infertility may also be diagnosed with Endometriosis.
What causes Endometriosis? Is there a cure?
The cause of Endometriosis is unclear, and there are several hypothesis for the cause of the disease. There are a few options for treating endometriosis that can be successful and effective over time in the reduction of the associated symptoms and endometriosis pain, yet no treatment can fully ensure that Endometriosis symptoms and afflictions do not return in the future. It was clinically proven that surgical approach with CO2 laser may lower disease recurrence rates.
Do all women with Endometriosis experience similar symptoms?
Endometriosis symptoms are diverse in their severity, and are experienced differently from one woman to another. Endometriosis afflictions range from inflammation, lesions and scar tissue in the pelvic cavity, which can lead to varies types of pain, infertility and excessive bleeding during menstruation. Not all women with Endometriosis share the same afflictions and symptoms.
I don’t have any Endometriosis Symptoms. Does this mean I am in the clear?
Not all women with Endometriosis experience symptoms – and therefore not everyone is aware that they have the disease. In fact, 25% of women diagnosed with Endometriosis reported no symptoms, as a result the diagnostics process took longer to complete. Women who are unclear about Endometriosis symptoms and wish to know if they do or do not have Endometriosis should consult a qualified physician for diagnosis.
Why is accurate diagnosis of Endometriosis so important?
Today, more and more women are taking control of their health, and seeking accurate diagnosis as a basis for appropriate treatment and improved quality of life. Accurate diagnosis can be the first step in helping women with Endometriosis seek appropriate treatment for pelvic pain, pain during sex and other pain symptoms that have a negative effect on their quality of life.
Should women with Endometriosis be concerned about fertility?
As Endometriosis can have a negative effect on fertility, accurate diagnosis is extremely important for women who are planning pregnancy. Women with Endometriosis are at a higher risk of infertility therefore consulting with a qualified physician is highly recommended, in order to reduce the chances of fertility complications.
Pain during sex: Is it Endometriosis-related, and if so, what can be done?
Needless to say, not all pain experienced during sex is Endometriosis-related. Yet many women who experience painful intercourse and seek treatment are eventually diagnosed with Endometriosis, and treated accordingly. Current Endometriosis treatment can be extremely effective in reducing and eliminating pain during sex and other pain symptoms.
What is the best way to diagnose Endometriosis?
The first step is to consult with a qualified physician and Endometriosis expert, who will record the symptoms and recommend the most effective means of diagnosis. Many women have been successfully diagnosed via ultrasound and diagnostic laparoscopy. Diagnostic laparoscopy, followed by a tissue biopsy if necessary, is considered an extremely effective diagnostic tool.
Treatment for Endometriosis: What are the options?
There are numerous ways of treating Endometriosis, and their application is based on diverse factors, such as the specific diagnosed condition, patients' overall condition and health, and more. Common treatments include change in nutrition and lifestyle habits, medication, hormone therapy, laparoscopic surgery and when fertility is not an objective, hysterectomy can also be considered. Make sure you consult with your physician for the right option for you. For more in-depth information, visit our treatment options page.