Gynaecology

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects over 2 million women in the UK.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects over 2 million women in the UK. It occurs when the tissue lining the uterus is found outside the uterus.

What are the symptoms?

  • Painful or heavy periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or back
  • Pain during and after sex
  • Abnormal bleeding between periods
  • Excessive tiredness for no apparent reason
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

How is it treated?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition, so although the symptoms can be controlled through treatment, it cannot be completely cured.

Treatment can be medical or surgical, depending on the decision of your gynaecologist:

  • Contraceptive pills. The second line of treatment would be to use down regulation for a short period of time
  • Medications that inhibit menstruation. They are usually recommended for women with severe bleeding and fibroid uterus
  • Operative laparoscopy using laser or cautery. A tiny camera will be passed into your body through a small cut in the skin around your belly button, enabling your gynaecologist to identify any Endometriosis

Will it affect my fertility?

Endometriosis does affect fertility. It is still possible to conceive, but only using fertility treatments.

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