What is Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition that affects 1 in every 10 women, This is defined as 1-2 females in every class room. 

Endometriosis is when tissue that behaves as the lining of the womb sheds and is found in other areas of the body, Usually within the pelvic area including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, inside the tummy and in or around the bladder or bowel. 

There are four stages of Endometriosis ranging from minimal, mild, moderate to severe . 

What are the signs of Endometriosis

Endometriosis common signs are;

  • Irregular periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain with bowel movement
  • Excessive bleeding        
  • Infertility         
  • Swelling 
  • Back pain        
  • Fatigue  
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Constipation or/and diarrhoea 

What treatment is available for women experiencing Endometriosis

Laparoscopic surgery is performed to treat symptoms followed by hormone treatment used to manage Endometriosis, However if left undiagnosed the woman experiencing Endometriosis may become more severe and require excessive surgery. 

The importance of raising awareness is to help educate women to spot the signs of Endometriosis, This can help push towards a earlier diagnosis to avoid the condition becoming worse and to avoid excessive surgery. 

The estimated diagnosis

It’s known the diagnosis of Endometriosis takes anywhere between 7.5 - 10 years, Unfortunately in many cases women are left feeling ignored and neglected due to the lack of education around this disease. 

The importance of receiving a earlier diagnosis of Endometriosis can make a great difference, If you fear you are experiencing symptoms of Endometriosis you must seek medical advice. 

Women should never be ignored especially as this disease can become more and more severe as time goes on.

If you feel your GP continues to let you down then a second opinion is a must.