This week marks Endometriosis Awareness Week, a common condition where tissue from the lining of the womb, grows in other areas of the body. It is a chronic condition that affects over 2 million women in the UK.
At London Wellwoman Clinic, we provide a specialist gynaecology service based at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood with expert consultants who have years of experience in treating endometriosis. Our Consultants offer same day appointments to ensure you get seen as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
The symptoms of endometriosis vary,
Most common symptoms include:
- painful or heavy periods
- pain during sex
- pain in the lower back, pelvis or abdomen
- bleeding between periods
- fertility problems
The experience of pain varies between women. Most women with endometriosis get pain in the area between their hips and the tops of their legs. Some women have this all the time, while others only have pain during their periods, when they have sex or when they go to the toilet.
Endometriosis is diagnosed via an examination called a laparoscopy. During a laparoscopy, you are given a general anaesthetic and a laparoscope (slender, tubular endoscope) is inserted through a small incision in your abdominal wall. The laparoscope has a tiny camera that transmits images to a video monitor for the Consultant to view the endometriotic tissue. You can usually go home the same day as your laparoscopy.
The aim of treatment is to ease the symptoms so that the condition does not interfere with your daily life. Treatment can help to relieve pain, improve fertility, slow the growth of endometriosis, and prevent the disease from coming back.
The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of the UK’s leading private hospitals with an international reputation stretching back nearly 160 years. To make an enquiry contact us today by phone 020 7806 4098 or by email [email protected].