What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common condition affecting 1 in every 10 women, also defined as 1-2 females in every classroom. 

Endometriosis is when tissue that behaves as the lining of the womb 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. 

In more complex cases Endometriosis can be found within the diaphragm. 

There are four stages of Endometriosis ranging from minimal, mild, moderate to severe, stages do not predict pain, it is fact women experiencing a less severe stage can experience worse pain than a woman suffering severely.

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’s symptoms may become more severe and require excessive surgery. 

The importance of raising awareness is to help educate women to spot the signs of Endometriosis to encourage a earlier diagnosis.

The estimated diagnosis

Statistics show the diagnosis of Endometriosis takes between 7.5 - 10 years for women to receive correct diagnosis and treatment

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