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- Difficulty Falling Pregnant
CAN YOUNG GIRLS ALSO GET ENDOMETRIOSIS?Back to top
Young girls who suspect they may have endometriosis should seek medical help as soon as possible. With an early diagnosis it may be possible to decrease life-long effects associated with endometriosis – including pain and infertility – and improve quality of life.7
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?Back to top
ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS PAINBack to top
OTHER SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSISBack to top
- pelvic pain
- painful periods
- pain during sexual intercourse
- fertility problems
- low back pain or
- have a family history of endometriosis.
If your doctor suspects that you may have endometriosis he/she will take a history, examine you and prescribe treatment.
Treatment options are:4, 5
While looking through the laparoscope, the doctor can see the reproductive organs including the uterus (womb), fallopian tubes, and ovaries.8
What causes Endometriosis?
There appears to be a familial tendency of endometriosis which suggests that this disease could be inherited, or it could result from genetic errors, which makes some women more likely than others to develop the condition.4, 6
REFERENCES – Further reading: 1. Dunselman GAJ, Vermeulen N, Becker C, et al. ESHRE guideline: management of women with endometriosis. Human Reproduction 2014; 29(3): 400-412. Accessed 13 June 2016. 2. Hummelshöj L et al. Update on endometriosis. Women’s Health. 2006;2(1):53–56. 3. Ballard K et al. What’s the delay? A qualitative study of women’s experiences of reaching a diagnosis of endometriosis. Fertility and Sterility. 2006;86(5). 4. Crosignani P et al. Advances in the management of endometriosis: an update for clinicians. I Clinica Obstetrica e Ginecologica. 2006;12(2):179–189. 5. Winkel C. Evaluation and Management of Women With Endometriosis. Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 2003;102(2). 6. Jackson B et al. Managing the misplaced: Approach to endometriosis. Can Fam Physician. 2006;52:1420-1424. 7. Laufer M et al. Adolescent Endometriosis: Diagnosis and Treatment Approaches. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2003;16:S3-S11. 8. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. A guide for patients. Birmingham, USA: ASRM, 2016. 9. Fischer JR, Giudice LC, Milad M, et al. Diagnosis and management of endometriosis: Pathophysiology to practice. Crofton, MD, USA: Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO); 2013. https://www.apgo.org/binary/EndometriosisCMEMonograph.pdf. Accessed 17 January 2017. Bayer (Pty) Ltd, Reg. No.:1968/011192/07. 27 Wrench Road, Isando, 1609. Tel: 011 921 5000. L.ZA.MKT.WH.02.2017.1095
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