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Offline Martha Moo

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Endometriosis is........

Endometriosis is the 2nd most common Gynae condition, where the Endometrial tissue is found outside of the uterus, during the menstrual cycle when the lining is shed during the period those areas outside of the uterus also bleed.

Endometriosis can be found in many areas except the spleen.

The symptoms of Endometriosis vary from person to person and although someone with severe endometriosis may have no symptoms or no pain, others with mild Endometriosis may experience lots of symptoms and pain.

There is no corellation between the pain and stage of Endometriosis.

Those who do experience symptoms, here are the main ones

Pain before/during periods
Painful Intercourse
Pain on urination
Heavy periods (although not always)
Pain on passing motion/diarheoa

There are many others, any new symptoms that you have should always be discussed with your gp or specialist.

The cause of Endometriosis is unknown at present

Treatment for Endometriosis

There is two ways to treat Endometriosis, both surgical or conventional medicines.

Surgically, this will depend on your specialist and how skilled they are in removing Endometriosis.  Many treamtents are done via Laparsocopy (keyhole surgery) however this will depend on what needs to be done. If this cannot be done via a Laparoscopy, a Laparotomy will be undertaken, along side these procedures, the specialist can remove the Endometriosis by using Excision (this is where it is cut away leaving the healthy tissue behind, Diathermy and laser are other ways and this is where the specialist will burn away the Endometriosis.

It is normal to take a period of about 2 weeks to recover from the keyhole surgery, however if a laparotomy is undertaken the recovery will be a little longer approx 4-6 weeks.

After a laparoscopy/laparotomy, there is a window of conception of 6-9 months.

Depending on the stage of Endometriosis your specialist may suggest some conventional therapys, which will be covered below.

The most common prescribed medication for Endometriosis is a group of medicines called GNRH drugs.  The most common ones are Zoladex, Prostap (injections every 28 days) or synarel which is a nasal spray used daily.

Many specialists combine this with HRT to counteract the side effects.
The GNRH work by putting your body into a temporary menopause, main side effects are hot flushes, night sweats, headaches and moodswings.

These should be taken between 3 and 6 months.

There has been recent research that a short course of these drugs before commencing Infertility treatment may give an increased result.


Other ways of managing Endometriosis is the BCP (birth control pill)

Some Drs suggest the use of Depo Provera however if you are planning ttc this probably isnt the best treatment, as altho this should stop your periods, it can take time for ovulation to return after ceasing the treatment.

For those who actively wish to TTC however, the medical route is probably best avoided, and some complementary therapies are said to help

TCM/Acupuncture, Reflexology, Reiki, Relaxation, chinese herbs, Homeopathy.

I would strongly advise taking professional advice of your Clinic however before undertaking any treatment not reccomended by them.

More Information on Complimentary therapies may be found here......


 on Fertilityfriends Complimentary therapy board.

For further information contact the National Endometriosis Society


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    Offline Martha Moo

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    Re: Endometriosis Information Page Updated
    « Reply #1 on: 20/01/08, 21:29 »
    Here is a list of reccomended books on Endometriosis and Fertility

    What to do when the Doctor says its Endometriosis : Everything you need to know to stop the pain and heal your fertility

    Author Cheryl Kimball
    ISBN 1592330290

    Endometriosis A key to healing through Nutrition

    Author Dian Shepperson Mills and Michael Vernon
    ISBN 007133103

    The Endometriosis Sourcebook

    Author Mary Lou Ballweg
    ISBN 0809232634

    Endometriosis Natural and Medical Solutions

    Author Kaz Cooke
    ISBN 1865087610

    Coping with Endometriosis

    Author Jo Mears
    ISBN 0859697487

    Endometriosis and other Pelvic Pain

    Author Dr Susan Evans
    ISBN 0749927054

    A review for each of the listed books will be added.
    If you have read one of these books and would like to write a review please IM me  :)

    Offline agate

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    just to mention that I have some bits and pieces about endometriosis and treatment from an immunes point of view in my immunes faq  - you can find it here


    there are immunology based treatment protocols for ladies who have repeat implantation failure or miscarriage due to endometriosis and/or adenomyosis