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Goodbye Laparoscopy?


a blog by lashaundra

Though it’s been many years since I was first diagnosed with endometriosis, I vivdly remember waking up in recovery and being told, “The surgeon got it all.”

I don’t even know if it’s possible to remove all of the endometriosis that silently invades a woman’s body, ravaging her reproductive organs and making it difficult -- and sometimes impossible -- to conceive. I do remember being a frightened twenty-something who had never undergone surgery or been under anesthesia.

In my teens, atrocious menstrual pain never sent me scurrying to the doctor for relief. For the most part I would just suffer through it several days out of the month, taking a plethora of over the counter medication to get me through.

It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties and my husband and I really wanted a baby, that I went scurrying to the doctor. There's nothing like a true heart’s desire to light a fire under you! When the reproduction endocrinologist suggested I undergo a laparoscopy, I never thought about being diagnosed with something that caused pain. I was only worried about rectifying what was causing my infertility.

To my surprise, endometriosis was the culprit of both.

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia recently discovered a test that diagnoses endometriosis without an invasive laparoscopy. A small device is inserted through the vagina to take a biopsy of the endometrium. The biopsy is tested for the presence of nerve fibers. The test is nearly 100 percent accurate and does not require surgery or a hospital stay.

Wow, if they’d this back in the 80’s, I could have bypassed several years of pain!

Hopefully this test will be used in OB-GYN offices throughout the world. It may help end a lot of suffering for thousands of women.

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