Endometriosis affects one in 10 women and is a painful disorder where the tissue that is similar to that which lines the uterus grows in other parts of the body, usually the pelvic cavity.
Every woman’s endometriosis journey is different, but many women experience severe pain that interferes with their daily life. Some symptoms include:
While you may be suffering from these symptoms, the only way to diagnose endometriosis is through surgery. If you book an appointment with Grace Private, our gynaecologists may recommend a laparoscopy, performed under general anaesthesia.
There isn’t a cure for endometriosis and it isn’t preventable, however there is treatment available and ways to manage your symptoms.
Surgery: Surgery is one option for treating endometriosis and often diagnosis and treatment can occur during the same surgery.
During this minimally invasive surgery your gynaecologist will make a small abdominal incision and use a laparoscopic microscope to complete the surgery to remove tissue. In most cases the outcome is minimal scarring and a fast recovery time.
Drug therapy: Our Grace Private gynaecologists can prescribe medication to minimise pain and help relieve some of the symptoms of endometriosis. Sometimes this may include some hormone therapies.
There are several natural and complementary therapies that may help you deal with the symptoms of endometriosis. These, coupled with lifestyle changes such as changes in diet, reduced stress and exercise can make your endometriosis more manageable.
Unfortunately, there’s a lack of quality research in the area, but some women choose to embrace alternative therapies such as:
Our Grace Private doctors take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and management of endometriosis. Your gynaecologist will work with a team of physiotherapists, dieticians and psychologists to help you manage your endometriosis and work to minimise its impact on your daily life.
If you’re experiencing endometriosis symptoms and would like to organise a time to meet with an experienced Grace gynaecologist, ask for ‘Grace’ next time you visit your GP for a referral. We want to help you live your best life and we will give you the support you need throughout your endometriosis journey.