March is worldwide Endometriosis Month – a campaign which aims to raise awareness of a condition that affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide – 1 in 10 during their reproductive years.
Endometriosis is a debilitating condition which can cause painful symptoms, causing a devastating effect on the quality of life of sufferers. It is also the biggest cause of infertility in women.
Yet despite the scale and life-limiting consequences of endometriosis, the average diagnosis can take up to 7 and a half years, leaving women in pain and distress. That’s why the focus of Endometriosis Awareness Month is simply to raise awareness of the symptoms of Endometriosis in order to bring about earlier diagnosis and treatment.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is where tissue similar to that found in the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), is found outside the uterus – usually on the ovaries, pelvic peritoneum, recto-vaginal septum, the bladder and bowel. This causes a severe inflammatory reaction.
Symptoms start as early as a woman’s first period and include:
- Painful periods and/or ovulation; chronic pelvic pain
- Heavy bleeding
- Painful sexual intercourse
- General impact on wellbeing (mental, emotional and social consequences as well as physical)
There is no known cure for endometriosis, but treatments that can help to manage the condition include:
- Medication for pain
- Hormone treatment
Symptoms may improve the pregnancy or menopause but not always.
If a woman is concerned about heavy/painful periods, infertility, painful intercourse or any of the other symptoms, it is important to seek a diagnosis. While endometriosis is a difficult condition with no ‘cure’, management of the condition can make an improvement to women’s lives.
The first port of call is a visit to the GP in order to assess and diagnose the problem.
Private Advice on Health Matters
The Smart Clinics’ team of private GPs offer plenty of availability at their 2 London clinics with generous appointment times with evening and weekend clinics. The company offers discreet and confidential gynaecology clinics as well as sexual health clinics and also offers expertise in pregnancy and fertility, starting with ‘Fit for Fertility’ consultations for pre-pregnancy planning and care.
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The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.
The facilities are designed to be family-friendly and welcoming to children with play areas and toys to keep little ones amused.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private London GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.