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With a pelvic exam, your doctor is able to determine the size and position of the
Endometriosis may cause abnormal growths in the
uterus, the vagina, the ovaries, the area between the uterus and rectum
(cul-de-sac), and the strong bands of tissue (ligaments) that attach to the
uterus to hold it in place.
A pelvic exam is done if
endometriosis is suspected. It is the first step used to determine whether
endometriosis is the cause of bothersome symptoms.
Results of a pelvic exam may include the
Pelvic exam is normal.
may point to endometriosis include the following:
Outside of the uterus
Results that may point to endometriosis include the following:
Your pelvic exam can be normal,
even when endometriosis is present.
If your symptoms strongly
suggest endometriosis, and pain is your primary concern, your doctor may recommend trying hormone therapy (such as birth control pills)
to see whether your symptoms improve. Or, if your doctor suspects
severe endometriosis or another pelvic problem, or if you are trying to get
pregnant, you may need
laparoscopy to confirm the diagnosis.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
July 7, 2011
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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