What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes and it can affect women of any age, including teenagers.

It’s a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, but there are treatments that can help.

What are some of the symptoms?

The symptoms can vary, some women are badly affected whereas others may have very minor symptoms.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your period
  • Period pain that stops you from 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 or poo during your period
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Heavy periods
  • Can lead to depression

Endometriosis treatment

There are treatments that can ease the symptoms. These include:

  • Painkillers
  • Hormone medicines and Contraceptives
  • Surgery to cut away patches of endometriosis tissue
  • Surgery to remove part or all the organs affected

Frequently asked questions

Is endometriosis a long-term health condition?

It is a long-term condition and depending upon the severity of it, it can have a significant impact on your life, but there are treatments that can help.

What should I do if I’m suffering from some of these symptoms?

Make an appointment to see your GP who will be able to discuss investigative and treatment options.

Should I be working with endometriosis?

If your endometriosis symptoms prevent you from working, you have the same rights as with any other illness. You’re entitled to self-certify yourself from work in the event of a short period. You’d only need to talk to your GP if you think you’ll need to be off from work for longer than seven consecutive days

Is Endometriosis classed as a disability?

For many women, endometriosis is extremely disabling and prevents them from carrying out day-to-day activities. However, many women can carry out day-to-day activities.

If you’re affected by endometriosis, or you’d like to find out more information, then take a look at the endometriosis-uk website.

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