What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a long-term condition, affecting 1 in 10 women, where cells similar to the lining of the womb start to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

What are the main symptoms?

pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your period
period pain that stops you doing your normal activities
pain during or after sex
pain when peeing or pooing during your period
feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee during your period
difficulty getting pregnant

Keeping a record of your pain and symptoms can help you and your doctor when it comes to both diagnosis and management of symptoms. Endometriosis UK has a pain and symptoms diary which you can use to help you with this.

What are the treatment options?

While there is currently no cure for endometriosis, there are different treatments that can help ease the symptoms. The NHS website provides further information on these.

Endometriosis UK also offers valuable support and information to those affected by endometriosis on their webpage. You may wish to call their free confidential endometriosis helpline if you have any questions about treatment or would just like someone to talk to: 0808 808 2227.

Endometriosis and the workplace - free for all

Come along to the ‘Endometriosis and the workplace’ event, where they will be discussing this invisible illness from a biological, psychosocial and employment perspective. There will be time for questions after this free event.

Krishna currently works for CNWL and is a passionate women's health advocate and is keen on educating others about endometriosis and passing on information.

The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 4 August (11am to 2:30pm) Click here to join the meeting
Wednesday 11 August (11am to 2:30pm) Click here to join the meeting
Wednesday 18 August (11am to 2:30pm) Click here to join the meeting
Wednesday 25 August (11am to 2:30pm) Click here to join the meeting

Please direct any queries to the presenter: krishna.talsania@nhs.net.

Leaflets and guidebooks

Endometriosis UK have written a guide for employer's, which provides an overview of the legal situation when it comes to managing endometriosis at work, click here to access this.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have provided an information leaflet if you wish to know more about endometriosis. It may also be helpful if you are the partner or relative of someone with endometriosis, click here to access this.

Watch this BBC video on living with endometriosis:

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