Laparoscopy. Medical management is usually tried first. But to be certain you have endometriosis, your doctor may refer you to a surgeon to look inside your abdomen for signs of endometriosis using a surgical procedure called laparoscopy.
While you're under general anesthesia, your surgeon makes a tiny incision near your navel and inserts a slender viewing instrument (laparoscope), looking for endometrial tissue outside the uterus. He or she may take samples of tissue (biopsy). Laparoscopy can provide information about the location, extent and size of the endometrial implants to help determine the best treatment options.
I was diagnosed in 2010 at 21 years old. I went to the ER with extreme pelvic pain. After, over 24 hours, every test and scan possible they told me I had a ruptured cyst and send me to a local specialist. I was lucky in the fact that I was diagnosed soon after that ER visit. I know so many women struggle for year and year to find some answers!
My name is Kristen McRobie, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis when I was 21.