What do I need to know about endometriosis?

Endometriosis causes pain one to two weeks before a woman's period comes.

You should know that if you suspect that you have endometriosis by symptoms of pain, or if you've been trying to conceive and you've not been able to do so, it's important to visit with your doctor to allow him or her the opportunity to go through your history with you and perform a physical examination so that endometriosis can be diagnosed. It's also important to realize that once endometriosis is suspected, medications are a good first line therapy.

At the point that medication is either not effective or if your priority is conceiving, then surgical evaluation, diagnoses and treatment are perhaps the best options. Always be aware that endometriosis is a chronic condition and when fertility is no longer desired, hysterectomy and perhaps ovary removal may be considered in order to diminish or eliminate a hormone production that can be feeding the endometriosis.

Continue Learning about Endometriosis

5 Surprisingly Painful and Heavy Truths About Endometriosis
5 Surprisingly Painful and Heavy Truths About Endometriosis
Here we go again: the tightening cramps, the aching lower back, the heavy flow. For the next several days, you won’t be able to face the world as your...
Read More
What are the biggest challenges facing women who have endometriosis?
When asked to identify some common challenges associated with endometriosis, women report heavy mens...
More Answers
Is endometriosis serious?
Madeleine M. Castellanos, MDMadeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Endometriosis can vary in severity from woman to woman.  Some women have endometriosis all of their ...
More Answers
Is There a Cure for Endometriosis?
Is There a Cure for Endometriosis?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.