Sunday, March 4, 2018
This week it's Endometriosis Awareness Week so we have taken a look at the condition, along with the symptoms and potential treatments.
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects 1 in 10 women in the UK, typically between the ages of 25 and 40. It is where the tissue and cells, like the ones that exist in the lining of the uterus, are found outside of the uterus instead. For example, this tissue can be found in the ovaries and fallopian tubes, in lining inside of the abdomen, in the bowel, or in the bladder.
Like most symptoms, they can vary depending on the person, but the most commom symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful periods
- Heavy periods
- Pain in lower abdomen or lower back
- Bleeding between periods
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Pain during sex
Endometriosis is a long-term condition which can cause chronic pain, which can consequently lead to other issues affecting a woman's life, such as fatigue, and in some cases, depression.
There is no cure for endometriosis, however the symptoms can be effectively treated. The pain and discomfort can be managed with painkillers, and some women manage the condition with hormone medication. In some other cases endometriosis can be treated surgically, with the sections of endometriosis tissue being removed.
If you suffer from endometriosis, a GP will be able to discuss treatment options with you.