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Endometriosis Awareness Month

endometriosis awareness month

As a female GP, one of the most difficult conditions I deal with daily is Endometriosis. Its wide ranging symptoms and the difficulty in getting a definitive diagnosis, leads to frustration and often multiple uncomfortable investigations. Endometriosis affects millions of women worldwide, yet it remains a widely misunderstood and often overlooked condition. Today, let’s shed light on this debilitating disease! 

So What Is Endometriosis? 

Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, causing severe pain, infertility, and often, bowel and urinary symptoms. 

Why Is It So Difficult To Diagnose? 

Most women will have had a history of heavy and/or painful periods. However, it is the pain symptoms that can occur at any time and anywhere in the abdomen that leads to lots of investigations. The only way of really getting a diagnosis is via having a laparoscopy (camera through the bellybutton) and as this is likely to cause increased scarring and pain afterwards many gynaecologist’s will avoid this approach if possible. Diagnosis of endometriosis then ends up relying on history alone, this leaves women without concrete evidence that this the cause, leading to anxiety, on top of debilitating symptoms. 

When it is diagnosed surgically, it is usually found incidentally whilst having an operation for another condition. 

It’s time to break the silence surrounding endometriosis and advocate for better research, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Let’s come together, raise awareness, and ensure that every woman with endometriosis receives the support and care she deserves.