How does laparoscopy diagnose dysmenorrhea?

Laparoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows a doctor to look directly at your internal organs, including the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes. A small tube with a video camera is inserted through a cut in your abdomen. This camera helps your doctor see if there is any abnormal tissue growth. Abnormal growth could indicate endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, or ectopic pregnancy (some of which may be diagnosed with other tests, like pregnancy tests). These conditions all are underlying gynecological causes of pain; although not all are considered causes of secondary dysmenorrhea. Laparascopy can be very helpful confirming a diagnosis and even correcting certain problems. Determining if an underlying condition is causing your symptoms will help your doctor effectively treat dysmenorrhea.

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