Endometriosis Care

Endometriosis is a chronic and debilitating condition affecting 1 in 10 people with a uterus, where cells similar to the lining of your womb (uterus) grow elsewhere in the body. Much like the lining of your uterus, these cells build up and eventually shed. However, unlike the cells in our womb that shed as your period – this blood has no escape route, causing extremely painful and heavy periods.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of endometriosis can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. Such as:

  • Painful, heavy or irregular periods
  • Pain during or after having sex
  • Infertility
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Chronic fatigue

Treating Endometriosis

Sadly, there is currently no cure for endometriosis. However, there are several treatment options available:

Hormone treatment: As endometriosis develops when exposed to the hormone oestrogen, hormone treatment to block the production of oestrogen may be suggested as a form of treatment. This can come in certain forms of the contraceptive pill and the mirena coil.

Pain relief: The main symptom of endometriosis is chronic pelvic pain. This can be treated through, heat, painkillers, physiotherapy, pain modifiers and TENS machines.

Conservative Surgery: The aim of this is to remove or destroy the endometriosis through another laparoscopy procedure. This surgery can either be done through cutting the endometriosis away (excision) or destroy it using a laser.

Complex Surgery: In more severe cases of endometriosis, you may need to undergo more complex surgery that involves other organs, such as the bowel and bladder. This is also carried out via a laparoscopy.

Radical Surgery: If you have not responded well to other drug treatments of consverative surgery, and are not looking to have children in the future, radical surgery may be suggested. This includes either a hysterectomy (removal of the womb) or oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries).

Diagnosing Endometriosis

Despite endometriosis being fairly common, the average time it takes for a diagnosis is as long as 7.5 years. Scans, blood tests and internal examinations are not a conclusive way to diagnose endometriosis, with the only definitive way being through a laparoscopy. This involves a procedure in which a camera is inserted into the pelvis via a small cut near the navel to look for signs of endometriosis.

Do I have Endometriosis?

Our Hormone and Fertility test and fertility consultations can give you insight into your reproductive health to help determine what is the right course of action.

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