What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where there is an abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. Common places for this to occur include the outside of the pouch of douglas, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, however, endometriosis has been found to occur in many places in the body.
The cause of endometriosis is unclear although there is evidence of the immune system and inflammation playing a key role. High oestrogen levels are also a common occurrence in women with endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis may experience severe pain with their period as the endometrial tissue responds to hormonal influences and bleeds along with the endometrial lining in the uterus, causing inflammation and discomfort in the area affected.
Treatment of endometriosis is aimed at reducing pain and discomfort, balancing hormonal levels, improving immune function and reducing inflammation.
Fertility can also be affected by endometriosis, so if pregnancy is desired then Katherine will work towards preparing your body for pregnancy while also addressing the underlying factors that may contribute to the endometriosis development.
Further information on endometriosis and support groups can be found on the Queensland Endometriosis Association (QENDO) website.