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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a an extremely painful condition. During the monthly cycle, the lining of the womb thickens in anticipation of a fertilised egg. When a patient has Endometriosis, these endometrial cells attach themselves to other parts of the body outside of the womb. It can attach itself to the ovary itself affecting egg health and can also attach itself to the fallopian tubes, creating a blockage between the fallopian tube and the ovary.

The condition can affect women of any age and can be a debilitating condition.

Symptoms

  • Heavy periods
  • Pain that worsens during your period in the lower abdomen and pelvis
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Pain passing urine or stools
  • Difficulty in trying to conceive

Diagnosis

Sadly, Endometriosis is difficult to diagnose so it is important to recognise that any of the above symptoms are NOT normal! So, do seek medical advice to help you manage the condition. The only way to get confirmation of endometriosis is through a laparoscopy performed by a gynaecologist. Here, they make a small incision in your stomach and pass a small tube through with a camera to see the patches of endometriosis.

There is no cure for endometriosis however the symptoms can be managed with painkillers, contraception and surgery as a last resort to improve the condition.

Trying to conceive

In most cases, Endometriosis patients will need IVF in order to conceive. If you are trying to conceive then you must speak to a fertility specialist.

The cause of Endometriosis is unknown; however, it tends to run in families and can affect certain ethnic groups.

Ask us a question

We understand that infertility is a complex condition that can be very frustrating, but knowledge is power and we encourage you to get in touch and ask us for advice. If you need specific medical advice then we will happily put you in touch with one of our reliable healthcare partners.

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