Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (tissue similar to the lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus.

Woman with endometriosis can experience a range of symptoms including:

  • Pain, especially excess menstrual cramps that affect the belly and lower back
  • Pain during and after intercourse
  • Abnormal or heavy bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Painful urination during the menstrual period
  • Panful bowel movements

There are a range of tests that can be completed to check whether you have endometriosis including:

  • A pelvic exam
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Laparoscopy

For some women, endometriosis can affect day to day life and can sometimes lead to depression. It’s also known as a silent condition. It’s important for anyone experiencing these symptoms to get checked out and this is where Hormone Health can assist.

Nicola, an endometriosis sufferer said:

As a teenager I always suffered with heavy bleeding and lots of pain. My cycles were regular but I knew they were not right compared to what my friends experienced. I often had to have days off school because I literally could not stand nor get out of bed.  My GP kept saying it was normal, and despite trying a range of contraceptive pills to help, nothing did. Eventually, after a number of years, I was offered an ultrasound. Nothing showed up on the ultrasound but breaking down to my doctor, they referred me to the local hospital for a laparoscopy. It was then that they found cysts the size of golf balls on both of my ovaries as well as a huge amount of endometriosis which was all lasered off”.

She continued: “I was told the chances of having children were slim following my diagnosis but luckily, I recovered and have had two beautiful children – naturally. As I have aged, the endometriosis has returned, and I have since had further surgery. It’s not a nice disease. It’s hidden, it’s painful and you can feel very lonely and isolated but I am so pleased to see companies like Hormone Health now around supporting patients with this horrible disease”.

Our team of associates are highly experienced across women’s health. In addition to specialising in menopause, peri-menopause and HRT, we can also assist with endometriosis diagnosis.

We have a talent team of associates onboard, including Ed Coats who is a a Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. Mr Coats is an experienced hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgeon and is based within our London team where patients can book either face to face or virtual consultations.

Mr Coats says:

“Endometriosis can be such a debilitating disease for so many women, and significantly affect their quality of life. Patients often come to see me having tolerated years of pain. Using the right diagnostic tools and the right strategy we can help turn this around”.

Find out more about Mr Coats here.