Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and have read through several posts but haven't seen much related to my questions but please feel free to direct me to old threads if you think there are useful ones I haven't found yet.
So, I've been having pretty classic endometriosis symptoms that have gotten progressively worse over the last three years since I stopped taking hormonal birth control & switched to a copper IUD (I suspect I had it before but was being 'treated' by the birth control). I finally got a GP to listen to me last summer and after regular blood results was sent for an ultrasound that revealed several cysts on my right and left ovaries. I then had to move and registered with a new GP who referred me to a gynaecologist, though I'm pretty sure I only saw a nurse of some kind. She ordered an MRI and a follow up after that in 8 weeks. I'm in increasing pain and keen to get treated quickly as my husband and I would like to have children (soon hopefully) and the cysts being rather large and on my ovaries seems to not be a good sign.
From the reading I've done I have some questions I'm hoping those with experience can help me with:
1) Diagnosis: I'm confused about the MRI being ordered. Is this standard? My understanding is they can only diagnose via laproscopy. Should I be asking for a laproscopy?
2) Surgery: The woman I saw at the gynaecologist said she is fairly sure its endometriosis and surgery will be necessary but gave no specifics. Is it always laproscopy or do they commonly use other surgery methods? Are there different types I should be aware of asking about?
3) I've heard that you can sometimes be referred to an endometriosis specialist. Do I have to first be diagnosed in a particular way? Is this something that has to come from my GP or can it come from the gynaecologist? When and how can I ask for such a referral?
Many thanks to everyone for any information and for all the other great posts on here!!