Endometriosis is a common gynaecological condition that affects 1:10 women and people assigned female at birth. It occurs when tissue like the tissue normally lining the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus on the surface of other organs (typically) within the pelvis. It may be found on the walls of the pelvis, on the ovaries, the ligaments supporting the uterus, on the bladder or bowels and rarely in distant locations such as on the diaphragm or chest. The exact cause is not entirely understood, however there seems to be a complex interplay between genetics, environmental factors and immune function in influencing who develops the condition.
Endometriosis is a common cause of pelvic pain and infertility, although not everyone with endometriosis will have pain and not everyone with endometriosis will have infertility.
Symptoms of endometriosis may include:
Unfortunately, amongst those that suffer these symptoms, there can be significant delay in diagnosis of endometriosis. On average, people with symptoms of endometriosis can wait over 8yrs before endometriosis is diagnosed. It you suffer from any of these symptoms please see your doctor for a referral to a gynaecologist who specialises in the management of endometriosis.
There is no cure for endometriosis. The main goal of treatment may be the desire to optimise fertility and /or improve your quality of life by reducing your pain symptoms. Dr Proud has undergone extensive training in the management and treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain. She will work with you to ensure you are are equipped with the information you need to find a treatment plan that works for you.