Endometriosis

 

Endometriosis occurs when endometrium (the tissue that normally lines the uterus), is found in abnormal sites around the body. Usually this occurs in the pelvis. These deposits can cause a number of symptoms such as pelvic pain and infertility.  

Being a common condition, Endometriosis affects approximately 10% of women yet the cause of this condition is yet to be clear. 

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What are the Signs & Symptoms of Endometriosis?

Many women have endometriosis with no symptoms or problems but others can experience a number of symptoms such as: 

  • period pain (often severe) 

  • pain with sex

  • pelvic pain at other times of the menstrual cycle 

  • back pain 

  • low energy 

  • pain passing a bowel motion. 

Diagnosis & Treatment

Please note that these symptoms can all relate to other conditions and are not exclusive to endometriosis. A discussion about your symptoms and a physical examination should provide your doctor with enough information to determine if you might have endometriosis. 

If your doctor thinks you may have endometriosis they will most likely recommend you have an ultrasound. This will usually be able to show if you have lumps (nodules) of suspected endometrium growing near or into your bowel and bladder. A definitive diagnosis can only be made if you have a laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). A tiny incision is made in your abdomen and a small sample of tissue taken. Tests done on the tissue will confirm if it is endometrium or not.  Based on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor will plan the best treatment for you.  

For further information contact your Doctor or visit https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org/