What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue lining the outside of the womb becomes scarred. This condition can cause severe pain either consistently, or particularly around the time of a woman’s period.
The symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Pain with sex
- Period pain
- Pelvic pain
- Ovulation pain
- Pain in the lower back and thighs
- Bowel symptoms
- Bladder symptoms
- Reduced fertility
- Nausea and lethargy
- Premenstrual syndrome
The causes of endometriosis remain unknown, with no simple screening test for diagnosis. However laparoscopic surgery is the most predominantly used method for diagnosing and managing endometriosis. Endometriosis can be managed by three main options including surgery, drug therapy and complementary therapy.
Reducing the risk of endometriosis can be assisted by factors such as:
- Aerobic exercise (five hours per week)
- Child bearing
- Contraceptive pill
Dr Wallman provides a discreet and delicate service to those suffering from endometriosis.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterine cavity, sometimes causing scarring, pain, and fertility issues. Some common symptoms of the condition include pain during sex, period pains, pelvic pain, ovulation pain, pain in the lower back and thighs, nausea and lethargy.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain is often during menstruation, ovulation, and/or in connection with sexual intercourse. However, women with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during their monthly cycle.
What causes endometriosis?
Although the cause of endometriosis remains unknown, there are a number of risk factors than increase your chances of developing the condition. If you have a family history of the condition, you may have a greater risk of developing endometriosis. There is also some evidence to suggest that pregnancy may prevent the progression of the condition. While pregnancy does not cure the condition, you may experience fewer symptoms after giving birth.
Is there a cure for endometriosis?
Unfortunately, not. However, your symptoms can be treated and managed. Speak to your doctor about which treatment method would work best for you. There are also long-term treatment options available to for those who suffer from endometriosis. In extreme cases, a hysterectomy may be an option.
How is endometriosis treated?
Dr Wallman will advise you of the best treatment plan for your particular symptoms and situation, and options include drug therapy and surgery. If surgery is considered your best option, Dr Wallman will perform laparoscopic surgery, during which he is able to visualise, diagnose and remove endometrial tissue with the use of a minimally invasive technique. In some cases, lasers are used to destroy problematic tissue.
If you would like to learn more about endometriosis and its treatments, please contact Dr Wallman today.