Although the symptom picture of endometriosis varies greatly, if you are having difficulty falling pregnant and are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you should consult your health care professional.
- Severe period pain (or pain may last all month long)
- Lower abdominal pain or back pain
- Heavy bleeding and/or clotting
- Abnormally long or short menstrual cycles
- PMS (Pre-menstrual syndrome)
- PMT (Pre-menstrual tension)
- Painful intercourse
- Abdominal swelling
Most diagnoses of endometriosis occur during a laparoscopy, when gynaecologists can see the misplaced endometrial tissue. During this procedure, small incisions are made between the navel and the pubic bone, through which a thin instrument with fibre optics is inserted so the surgeon can view the inner organs. The exact location of the incisions depends on your surgeons experience and your unique presentation. Sometimes a laparoscopy is simply performed as a diagnostic tool, or in more severe cases, endometrial tissue as well as any scar tissue and adhesions can be removed.