While the technique can be done in the office, it's not trivial, she said. "An endometrial biopsy can be a big deal for someone with a lot of pain," she said.
Even so, news of simpler tests "is very exciting," said Dr. David Healy, of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and president-elect of the International Federation of Fertility Societies. In a statement, he said: "If other doctors can confirm this test, this might become the standard way of diagnosing endometriosis. This would mean that the condition could be identified earlier, which could give real benefits for the infertile woman."
To learn more about endometriosis, visit the Endometriosis Association.
SOURCES: David Healy, M.D., Ph.D., president-elect, International Federation of Fertility Societies; Pamela Stratton, M.D., chief, gynecology consult service, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.; Karen J. Berkley, Ph.D., professor emerita, neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee; Moamar Al-Jefout, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, reproductive medicine, Mu'tah University, Karak, Jordan; Thomas M. D'Hooghe, M.D., Ph.D., professor, medicine, Leuven Unviersity, Leuven, Belgium; Mary Lou Ballweg, spokeswoman, Endometriosis Association; Aug. 19, 2009, Human Reproduction, online
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