How is endometriosis diagnosed?

A biopsy, or analysis of a sample of tissue, is the only way to definitively diagnosis endometriosis. If positive, results will indicate the type, stage, and severity of disease, which can help guide treatment. Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — An endometriosis diagnosis is no simple matter. According to statistics, it can take a woman anywhere from 3 to 11 years to get a proper endometriosis diagnosis.

Your first step is to find appropriate care. Many physicians, including gynecologists, don’t have special training in endometriosis, so it’s critical that you find a specialist who is knowledgeable about and experienced in handling the disease.

There is no need to suffer for years with no diagnosis, a misdiagnosis, or improper care.

  • Search online for “centers for endometriosis care.” These are centers that specialize in the disease, know what to look for, and know how to treat it. (…)
read full story