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Endometriosis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Because endometriosis is a chronic disease, it may come on gradually. A woman will want to schedule regular care with a women's care clinician or gynecologist (a physician who specializes in women's sexual organs). If the woman's pain changes dramatically over a short period of time or unexpected symptoms develop, it is reasonable to go to a hospital emergency department.

  • In general, call a health care practitioner to investigate new or worsening pain associated with menstruation, sexual activity, or daily activities.
  • Any pain that limits a woman's usual daily activities should be evaluated.

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