Book tickets to our seminar: Endometriosis – The 1 in 10
1 in 10 women of reproductive age are affected by endometriosis – around 1.5 million women in the UK alone and as many women are suspected to suffer from endometriosis as diabetes.
Join Wellbeing of Women for our seminar, Endometriosis: The 1 in 10, on Thursday 29 June from 6pm-8pm at The Royal Society of Medicine on Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE.
Leading specialist and Wellbeing of Women researcher, Professor Andrew Horne will be discussing the latest updates on endometriosis research as well as offering medical information for sufferers, whilst registered nutritional therapist, Rebecca Pilkington will be on hand with practical dietary advice to help manage symptoms.
It promises to be a fantastic evening that will be informative and interesting and allow you to share your experiences with fellow sufferers.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disorder where the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus is found growing elsewhere in the body. This tissue can often be found around the ovaries or bowel, although sometimes it can be found outside of the pelvic region. During your menstrual cycle, this displaced tissue thickens, breaks down, and bleeds. Because this tissue has no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped. This can lead to inflammation, cyst formation, adhesions (scar tissue), and pain.
What are the symptoms?
Very painful periods (pelvic pain, cramping, lower back and abdominal pain)
Pain during or after sex
Painful bowel movements or urination
Infertility (though many women can still have children)
Fatigue and chronic pain
Diarrhoea and constipation
Nausea and vomiting
Urinary frequency, retention, or urgency
Allergies and other immune-related issues are also commonly reported
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosing endometriosis requires a surgical biopsy, typically involving an outpatient procedure called laparoscopy.