Symptoms and diagnosis
Research studies have indicated that 38% of those with endometriosis have symptoms before the age of 15. However, it takes an astounding average of over nine years to receive a correct diagnosis and treatment. This means that much of a child’s youth may be spent suffering unexplained, often crippling pain which greatly hinders development.1
The most common symptoms of endometriosis are painful menstrual periods associated with cramping and lower abdominal pain. Occasionally, your child may have other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and changes in urination. While mild cramping may be common with normal menstrual cycles, endometriosis pain is severe, does not respond to usual mild pain relievers or hormone therapy, and over time, may lead to daily pelvic pain.
Endometriosis can only be diagnosed by looking directly into the abdomen during a procedure called a laparoscopy. During this procedure, the doctor can take a small piece of tissue from the affected area. This is called a biopsy and examination of the tissue under a microscope can confirm endometriosis.