This month is National Endometriosis Month and our Consultant Gynaecologists are raising awareness of the symptoms and encouraging women to visit their GPs.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is the name given to the condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body.
This common, sometimes debilitating but often-ignored disease affects 1 in 10 women and can impact all areas of life including mental health, career and relationships.
What are the symptoms?
- chronic pelvic pain;
- painful periods;
- pain during or after sex;
- painful bowel movements
- pain when urinating
- fatigue; and
- difficulty getting pregnant
Research shows three in four women would put off seeking help!
Among those who said they would put off going to see a doctor in this situation, 24% said it was because they considered painful periods to be a normal part of life, while 23% said they would think it was “not serious enough to bother a doctor with”.
However, with the right endometriosis treatment, many of these issues can be addressed, and the symptoms of endometriosis made more manageable.