Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women in the UK.
Endometriosis starts when cells similar to the ones inside the womb, grow outside of the womb and elsewhere around the body. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body every month as a period, these cells have no way of escape. This can cause chronic pain and inflammation.
This condition can often be very painful and cause heavy periods. It can also lead to infertility, fatigue and bowel and bladder problems.
Around 1.5 million women in the UK are currently living with Endometriosis, some unaware that they may have the condition.
However, with the right diagnosis and treatment, many of the issues caused by Endometriosis can be made more manageable.
Our Consultant Gynaecologist
Mr Kirana Arambage is our Consultant Gynaecologist at the BSGE accredited Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) centre.
He provides pelvic ultrasound scans which allow him to offer one-stop clinics for most conditions.
Mr Arambage offers video, face-to-face and phone consultations.
A few signs of Endometriosis that women shouldn’t ignore
Heavy and painful periods – Painful periods are usually nothing to worry about. Many women suffer with period pain. But if your painful periods are stopping you from continuing with your everyday life, it could be a sign of Endometriosis.
Difficulty getting pregnant – If you are experiencing difficulty getting pregnant, this could be a sign on Endometriosis that may have gone untreated for some time. If left untreated, fibrosis can occur causing a negative impact on the ovarian tubes which can lead to women becoming infertile.
Don’t ignore any signs that may be bothering you. See a specialist and get treatment sooner to help with any difficulties you may be putting to one side.
Pain when going to the toilet – You may experience pain when your bladder is full and during bowel movements. This pain could affect you at any time, not just during a period.