What is Endometriosis
Endometriosis (pronounced en – doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is a complex condition involving hormonal and immune systems. It is a common chronic (long-term) inflammatory condition.
Endometriosis can affect people of all backgrounds and ages, including teenagers.
You can download our 'Endo 101' factsheet here
Symptoms of Endometriosis
People experience a wide range of symptoms and present with various configurations of these which make endometriosis difficult to recognise and diagnose.
The most widely experienced symptoms are pelvic and period pain, painful intercourse, fertility problems, bowel issues, immunity issues, fatigue and, related mental health concerns, particularly low mood.
Download our 'Endometriosis Symptoms' factsheet here. This factsheet includes a checklist of symptoms that can help determine if endometriosis should be suspected and can be taken to a GP appointment to discuss symptoms.
Causes of Endometriosis
The cause of endometriosis is not well understood with many theories but no medical agreement. The endocrine (hormonal) and immune systems are thought to be involved.
There are four different types of endometriosis that may be caused in different ways and therefore may require different treatments.
The only definitive way to diagnose endometriosis is through laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery.
GP's may be able to offer a clinical (tentative) diagnosis based on symptoms.
It may take some time to get a diagnosis as the symptoms of endometriosis can be wide-ranging and are very similar to other common conditions.
Download our 'Diagnosing Endometriosis' factsheet here.
You can also download our 'Stages and Classifications of Endometriosis' factsheet here.
It is common for people with endometriosis to also have other conditions such as Adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Interstitial Cystitis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).