Endometriosis is a common condition affecting women of reproductive age. If you have pelvic pain, painful periods or difficulty in getting pregnant there is a significant chance you might have endometriosis.
Endometriosis is the presence of the womb lining outside the womb. This causes inflammation further leading to pain and formation of scar tissue. Symptoms may vary throughout the menstrual cycle. The most common ones are pain during your period, during sex, when passing urine or opening your bowels, or difficulty in getting pregnant. Less common symptoms include fatigue, bloating and/or bleeding in the urine or the stools, especially during your period.
Diagnosing endometriosis can be very difficult. The reason for this is that its symptoms may overlap with many other causes of pain. As well as this, the gold standard of diagnosis is a diagnostic laparoscopy which can only be carried out by a specialist. There are many treatment options available, both medical and surgical. The aim is to listen to your symptoms, tailor the treatment to your personal needs and make the symptoms and therefore your quality of life much better.
For more information or if you think you have the symptoms of endometriosis call 01256 315010 to arrange an appointment with our lead of minimal access for gynaecology and lead of endometriosis, Mr George Goumalatsos.