What is endometriosis and what should you do if you suspect you have it?
Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects 1 in 10 women. Pelvic and period pain is caused by endometrial tissue (that usually lines the womb) being trapped in the pelvic cavity. This tissue grows and sheds in response to reproductive hormones. The dead cells in shed tissue create an immune response that causes inflammation, bloating and pain. If you have painful periods, pelvic pain and sometimes fertility problems, you could have endometriosis. Seeing a general practitioner, gynaecologist or pain specialist who knows about endometriosis and women’s health is the best first step towards improving your symptoms and overall wellbeing.
Associate Professor Louise Hull is a Senior Lecturer, leading the Endometriosis Research Group at the Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide, with a special interest in developing treatments to improve outcomes for fertility patients and women with endometriosis. Louise has been delighted to help many couples conceive, as well as promote the development of improved fertility treatments through research and education. She became Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (FRANZCOG) after gaining clinical experience in New Zealand and Cambridge and Somerset in the UK and completed a PhD in Endometriosis at the University of Cambridge.
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