Endometriosis can cause a range of symptoms that can vary from one woman to another, depending on the size, location, and number of implants. Some of the more common symptoms includes
While most women with endometriosis experience some of these symptoms and some experience severe and constant symptoms, a few women will have no symptoms at all, only learning of the condition when they have difficulty becoming pregnant.
Endometriosis can be diagnosed through diagnostic imaging tests like ultrasound or through a minimally-invasive procedure using a tiny scope to see inside the uterus. If the implants are causing bowel problems, a colonoscopy (examination of the bowel) may also be performed.
Treatment for endometriosis depends on several factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the severity of the symptoms and the goals of treatment (for instance, improved fertility). Treatment options include:
Most women with endometriosis require ongoing care to keep symptoms under control. Each plan of treatment will be customized for the needs and goals of the patient for the best possible results.