Diagnosis - Endometriosis

See your GP if you have symptoms of endometriosis, especially if they're having a big impact on your life.

Write down your symptoms before seeing your GP. Endometriosis UK has a pain and symptoms diary (PDF, 238KB, 3 pages) you can use.

It can be difficult to diagnose endometriosis because the symptoms can vary considerably, and many other conditions can cause similar symptoms.

Your GP will ask about your symptoms, and may ask to examine your tummy and vagina.

They may recommend treatments if they think you have endometriosis. Unless the condition can be seen by ultrasound the only way to find out you have early endometriosis is by laparoscopy (keyhole) surgery.

Endometriosis Association of Ireland provides information and support for women with endometriosis.


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Page last reviewed: 22 March 2021
Next review due: 22 March 2024