What is it?
- Endometriosis is a disorder where the tissue that lines the womb (Uterus) is found outside the womb, such as in the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Endometriosis mainly affects girls and women of childbearing age. It’s less common in women who have been through the menopause.
It’s a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, but there are treatments that can help.
What are the symptoms?
he symptoms of endometriosis vary. Some women experience mild symptoms, but others can have moderate to severe symptoms. The main symptoms of endometriosis are: * pain in your lower tummy or lower back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your period * menstrual irregularities. * painful periods that stops you doing your normal activities * pain during or after sex * pain when peeing or pooing during your period * discomfort with bowel movements (feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee during your period) * You may also have heavy periods – you might use lots of pads or tampons, or you may bleed through your clothes. Also there might be bleeding between periods infertility For some women, endometriosis can have a big impact on their life and may sometimes lead to feelings of depression.The severity of your pain doesn’t indicate the degree or stage of the condition. You may have a mild form of the disease, yet experience agonizing pain. It’s also possible to have a severe form and have very little discomfort.
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Things to watch out for
See your GP if you have symptoms of endometriosis, especially if they’re having a big impact on your life. Your GP will ask about your symptoms, examine you and recommend appropropriate treatments if they think you have endometriosis. If they can’t help, they might refer you to a gynaecologist for some further tests, such as an ultrasound scan or laparoscopy.
There’s currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatments that can help ease the symptoms. If you have aggressive symptoms then it’s important that you get regular gynecological exams, which will allow your gynecologist to monitor any changes.