Monday 4 March to Sunday 10 March is Endometriosis Awareness Week. The awareness week aims to help women understand the condition and its symptoms so that they are aware in the future.
Figures from Endometriosis UK say that there are around 1.5 million women in the UK affected by Endometriosis. It can occur in women of any age but is most common in women of around 30 years with a family history of Endometriosis.
Endometriosis occurs when cells that normally line the womb are found elsewhere in the body, typically around the fallopian tubes, ovaries and bladder. These cells react to the hormonal cycles of the body in the same way as the womb lining, so that during the menstrual cycle the cells grow, break down and then bleed; however without an outlet this stays in the body causing inflammation and pain.
The condition can raise the risk of infertility if it blocks the fallopian tubes or the ovaries, so in women who are trying to conceive endometriosis can cause difficulties.
Endometriosis can be symptomless so not all women with the condition are aware of it, however symptoms can include:
- Painful, heavy or irregular periods
- Pain during or after sex
- Chronic or severe pelvic pain
- Difficulty opening bowels
Having to take time off or taking strong painkillers each month is a sign that a GP should be consulted to diagnose the source of the problem.
There are a number of tests to diagnose the symptoms of endometriosis which would normally be performed by a consultant gynaecologist who would then base their treatment on the results.
Whilst there is currently no cure for endometriosis, treatments are available to help manage the condition enabling women to lead normal lives.
To find out more about how to see a Gynaecologist please contact us on 02392 456172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org