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Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis

Endometriosis, also called “Endo,” is a condition in which tissue that forms the lining of the uterus grows in places in the body other than the uterus. This tissue is most commonly found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the outer surface of the uterus. While there are other places this tissue can be found, it is far less common.

A Woman’s Healing Center’s Fort Collins gynecologists are leading experts in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.  Learn more about our approach from Dr. Christine Skorberg, and read on, below.

How Do You Diagnose Endometriosis?

The first step in getting diagnosed with endometriosis is to recognize you may be having symptoms, and talking to your doctor about them. Many women remain undiagnosed and don’t receive any treatment for it.

If you suspect you might have endometriosis, it will be diagnosed via laparoscopy. There are other tests that a Gynecologist can perform, like an ultrasound or regular gynecological exam, but these can’t give definitive diagnoses.

How Do You Treat Endometriosis?

While there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are ways to treat it. Treatment for endometriosis depends on the extent of the disease, your symptoms, and whether you want to have children.

It may be treated with medication, hormones, surgery, or all three. Although treatments may relieve pain and infertility for a time, symptoms may come back after treatment.

Resources

If you want to learn more about endometriosis, here are some other resources with information on the symptoms, causes, treatments, and more.

If you have questions about endometriosis or think that you may be experiencing the symptoms of endometriosis, please get in touch with us. We will be happy to talk to you about the steps for making an appointment and/or diagnosis. You can also click the link below to learn more about our other OB-GYN services.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscope is a thin instrument with a light source and a lens. A small cut is made near the navel, and it is then inserted so that the doctor can see any signs of endometriosis. If signs of the tissue are present, the doctor will take a biopsy (a small piece of the tissue) to be examined.

How many women have Endometriosis?

It is estimated that around 10%, or 176 million, women are affected by Endo.

When are women typically diagnosed?

Endometriosis is most frequently diagnosed in women in their 30’s and 40’s.