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A crucial part in getting the best care for this disease involves identifying a doctor that has a history of treating Endometriosis.

In an ideal world you need to get treatment from a doctor who has specialized in endometriosis and has a lot of experience in treating women and girls at all stages of the disease.

By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.

General Tips for Gathering Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your healthcare provider:

  • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don’t forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Questions you can ask your doctor
  • What is endometriosis? And what causes it?
  • How long have you been treating women with Endometriosis?
  • How many laparoscopic procedures do you perform each month/year?
  • How many cases of endometriosis do you actually treat per month?
  • How do you treat endometriosis during a laparoscopic procedure?
  • Do you use medical therapy before surgical therapy? If so, what therapies do you use?
  • Do you use GnRH agonists1? If so, when? Before or after surgery?
  • What kinds of hormonal drug therapies have you used for patients with endometriosis?
  • What kinds of side effects can I expect to experience with the different hormonal therapies? How long do I have to be on these drugs for them to work effectively? Will my endometriosis come back when my course of drug treatment is over?
  • Does endometriosis affect my ability to have children?
  • Can you recommend any alternative treatments — such as traditional Chinese medicines, changes in diet, homeopathy or allergy management — which might help reduce the pain associated with endometriosis? Can you refer me to any practitioners who specialize in these areas and might be helpful to me?
  • Are there any women with endometriosis that I can talk to, or support groups I can join?

Remember it is your duty to explain exactly what is going on with your body to your Doctor. If he/she doesn’t truly understand your situation, they cannot help you to the best of their ability.

* Don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor
* Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions
* Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion (or third, if necessary)

 1GnRH agonists assist in the management of disorders that are dependent on estrogen productions and may cause temporary menopause.