The path to diagnosis may not always be simple

But paying attention to your symptoms and speaking up about them can make it easier

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Every woman has a different endometriosis diagnosis experience. You and your gynecologist may go through one or more of these steps:


  • Doctor’s appointment: Talk about all of your symptoms with your gynecologist. Remember to include the impact of your symptoms on day-to-day activities. If they have gotten worse over time, use the Doctor Discussion Guide to get tips about what to say! If you don’t have a gynecologist, use our Doctor Locator to help find one near you
  • Pelvic exam: After talking about your symptoms with your gynecologist, he or she could give you a pelvic exam to feel for any endometriosis lesions, such as cysts or scars
  • Ultrasound: Sometimes, ovarian cysts from endometriosis can be seen on an ultrasound—a type of imaging that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body
  • Blood test: Your doctor may suggest a blood test to rule out other conditions
  • Treatment: By trying different treatment options, your doctor might be able to assess whether or not you have endometriosis
  • Laparoscopy (LAP-uh-RAH-skuh-pee): Your doctor may suggest a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy to actually look inside of your pelvis to see lesions. Surgery can help confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis. During the laparoscopy, your gynecologist may remove a small piece of tissue to study. This is called a biopsy
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Why can it take so long to be diagnosed with endometriosis?

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Endometriosis can take a while to properly diagnose—averaging anywhere from up to 6 to 10 years, in fact. This happens for a few reasons, including:


  • Symptoms being dismissed as “just bad periods.” This is especially true of younger women
  • Some symptoms of endometriosis may be similar to symptoms of other diseases
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1 our of 3 women consulted 3 to 4 physicians before receiving an endometriosis diagnosis
About 1 out of 3 women consulted 3 to 4 physicians before receiving an endometriosis diagnosis
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