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How would I know if I have Endometriosis?

Updated on December 9, 2011

Age is no bar. Contrary to previous understanding, recent reviews reveal the presence of the
condition in teenagers as being 8.5 per cent of total cases.

If you have the following complaints – acute or chronic pain in lower abdomen, especially before and during menstruation, not responding to routine medication, urinary and/or bowel complaints – visit a gynaecologist.

Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed as appendicitis. But during surgery for appendicitis, pelvic organs cannot be visualised through the standard incision. Thus, endometriosis which is the main problem can get missed. The doctor needs to do a pelvic examination to find signs of endometriosis. In unmarried girls, since mobility of the uterus is restricted, this is done by per-rectal examination.

You may also need to do an ultrasound or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). In some cases, the doctor may recommend laparoscopy. They may need to take a small sample of tissue, or a biopsy, and study it under a microscope.

What can raise your chances of getting endometriosis?
You are more likely to develop endometriosis if you:
● began getting your period at an early age
● have heavy periods
● have periods that last more than seven days
● have a short monthly
● have a close relative (mother, aunt, sister) with endometriosis

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