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When Should I Get Tested for Endometriosis?

Endometriosis can go unnoticed for years. In fact, statistically, It takes 7 to 11 years to diagnose endometriosis because there are often no symptoms. For women of child-bearing age, having  trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term is a symptom. If you are experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss or just can’t get pregnant, you may have  silent endometriosis and want to get tested. 

For those experiencing  unusual pain or excessive bleeding during menstrual cycles, this is a clear sign of potential endometriosis. But silent or asymptomatic endometriosis is among the leading causes of infertility among women worldwide. ReceptivaDx is  a test that can help  detect all stages of endometriosis.

What Is Silent Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a debilitating reproductive health disorder. It has a high recurrence rate and can be extremely painful. Silent endometriosis does not exhibit any symptoms however it can be just as debilitating especially since it may hide the reason for one’s infertility. Endometriosis in simple terms is a condition where endometrial tissue from the uterine lining starts to grow in areas where it is not supposed to grow. These areas can include all regions surrounding the uterus including  their ovaries and fallopian tubes. 

For patients with endometriosis, the area affected may  thicken, break, and bleed with each menstrual cycle. This is where the pain and discomfort originate. Often the tissue will  accumulate and eventually lead to swelling. It is this inflammation of the uterine lining that causes infertility problems because unlike a normal endometrium,  a uterine lining with endometriosis will often not be successful in holding the embryo for 9 months.

When Should I Get Tested For Endometriosis?

We advise that you get tested for endometriosis if you are experiencing  any of the normal symptoms of endometriosis or if you are having trouble getting pregnant or experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss. It is also advised for patients who have failed IFV at least once.

During your testing phase, visit facilities with a multidisciplinary team of doctors experienced in treating endometriosis. Laparoscopy, a  surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen and remove visible endometriosis, is considered the gold standard for confirming a diagnosis, However, it is expensive and invasive and thus has fallen out of favor over the last 20 years. Many doctors don’t have the experience in this surgical procedure, therefore using the ReceptivaDx test can help cost effectively identify  the likelihood that your symptoms are likely endometriosis.

What Is ReceptivaDx?

ReceptivaDx is a test that is highly associated with likely  endometriosis or other inflammatory conditions of the uterus often causing unexplained infertility. The test is performed off of a simple endometrial biopsy that can be done  through an OB’s office. If positive, the next step is dependent on your objective. If trying to have a baby, a fertility specialist may suggest either laparoscopy or hormone suppression therapy for 60 days to calm down the inflammation caused by the endometriosis long enough to conceive and carry the embryo, You shouldn’t  have to wait seven years to determine whether you have endometriosis or not. For IVF patients, If positive, you are five times less likely to succeed  if  left untreated. For more information, visit us at receptivaDx.com.

Bruce Lessey, M.D., Ph.D. – Scientific Advisor
Lessey’s Corner

The ReceptivaDxTM Test was developed by Cicero Diagnostics in conjunction with Pathology Consultants, Inc. of Greenville, SC. Pathology Consultants, Inc. is a laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). As with other laboratory-developed tests, this testing service has not been cleared or approved by the US FDA or any other federal regulatory agencies. Data have not been submitted to or evaluated by Federal regulatory agencies and the test is not for sale as an In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) in the US or the EU.


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