Symptoms & Diagnosis
Endometriosis is a disease that is misunderstood by many people and often, particularly when severe, requires a team of highly experienced specialists to treat.
There are numerous symptoms associated with endometriosis and these often vary widely between patients; one of the most frequent symptoms experienced by patients is pain in the pelvis and / or abdomen. This pain can be continuous, cyclical or intermittent, and it can occur during sexual intercourse, when emptying your bladder or bowels, it can be worse leading up to or during the menstrual period. Indeed, it is often, but not always, related to the patient’s menstrual cycle.
At The Midlands Endometriosis Clinic, we have the experience to help with our aim of confirming the diagnosis as efficiently and swiftly as possible. We achieve this using some or all of the following, as appropriate to each individual case:
- History taking and examination. We take time to understand your history and the symptoms that you have experienced in the past.
- Ultrasound scan. This type of scan may be used as it is particularly helpful in diagnosing ovarian cysts due to endometriosis.
- MRI Scans. This will show often be helpful in characterising ovarian cysts as well as assessing disease severity in rectovaginal disease.
- Laparoscopy. This involves passing a fibre-optic scope through a small cut in the navel. This is a very effective technique in diagnosing endometriosis and is often referred to as the “Gold Standard” for diagnosis.