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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 the name given to the chronic and debilitating condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape. This can cause inflammation and scar tissue to form. These deposits of endometriosis also grow and form what are called lesions.
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.