Symptoms and treatment options for endometriosis
Endometriosis is a medical condition that mostly effects women in their 30s and 40s. This is when tissue that’s similar to the tissue lining the womb forms in the Fallopian tubes and the ovaries. It is a lifelong condition and for many women, it can be debilitating and life-changing. Below we explore the symptoms of endometriosis and the possible treatments:
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Every woman is different and will experience different symptoms, ranging from debilitating pain through to slight discomfort. It also depends upon the individual’s tolerance to pain.
The most common symptoms are those of lower back pain, that usually gets worse during your period. Painful and heavy periods that effects your daily activities, and even pain during sex. Many women also suffer from pain when urinating or passing stools. Difficulty in conceiving is also a common problem among women who have endometriosis. For many women, endometriosis is life-changing and can also lead to depression.
When to seek medical advice on endometriosis
If you experience any of the above symptoms and are finding it difficult to cope with everyday life, then it is important that you seek medical advice in order to gain a diagnosis. It can be difficult to get a diagnosis as many of the symptoms are also common with other gynaecological problems. Your GP will take a full medical history and will do a vaginal examination. This is when they may also refer you to a gynaecologist for further tests and examination such as a laparoscopy.
Treatments options for endometriosis
Sadly endometriosis cannot be cured, but there are treatment options available that can help to both reduce and relieve painful symptoms. Taking paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to reduce pain, but are not recommended for long term use.
Sometimes women are advised to take the oral contraceptive pill, as this has been shown to reduce symptoms.
A final option is surgery, in which the endometrial tissue is removed. This has proved to be beneficial to women who are trying to conceive. In severe cases, the organ that contains the endometrial tissue, such as the ovary, is removed. However, it does involve risks such as bleeding and infection. Your surgeon will always fully discuss any surgical procedure and associated risks.
If you are searching for a private gynaecologist in London who specialises in endometriosis, then please do get in touch with us today to arrange a consultation.