Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in ten women in the UK.
It’s a long-term condition that occurs when the tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, for example around the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This condition can affect women of any age and can have a significant impact on your life, however there are treatments that can help.
Endometriosis symptoms can vary for each individual. Some women may be significantly affected by the symptoms whilst others may have barely any at all.
The main symptoms of endometriosis are:
- pain in your lower tummy or back – usually worse during your period
- period pain that stops you doing your normal activities
- pain during or after sex
- pain when peeing or pooing during your period
- feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee during your period
- difficulty getting pregnant
If you are experiencing the symptoms above it would be worth booking in to see a GP. During your appointment they will ask about your symptoms and may ask to examine your tummy and possibly recommend an internal ultrasound which is done through the vagina.
Although there’s currently no cure for endometriosis there are several treatments that can help ease the symptoms such as hormone medicines and contraceptives, surgery to take away patches of the endometriosis tissue and painkillers.
The cause of endometriosis is unknown however there are many suggested theories which include genetics, a problem with the immune system, retrograde menstruation (when some of the womb lining flows up through the fallopian tubes and embeds itself on the organs of the pelvis, rather than leaving the body as a period) and endometrium cells spreading through the body in the bloodstream or lymphatic system, a series of tubes and glands that form part of the immune system.
If you are concerned that you may be affected by endometriosis and would like to book an appointment you can by calling Pall Mall on 0161 394 0319 today or by using our online enquiry form.