Health

Endometriosis: Signs, symptoms and treatment

Endometriosis refers to a condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the uterus have attached themselves to other parts of a woman’s body internally.

Each month these cells behave similarly to those in the uterus, building themselves up before being broken down and bleeding. However, unlike the cells in the uterus which are expelled by the body as a period, this blood is not able to escape.

Women who suffer with endometriosis are likely to suffer very heavy and painful periods. It’s a chronic and debilitating condition that can also lead to chronic fatigue, bowel problems and infertility.

Endometriosis can affect all women and girls of childbearing age, regardless of ethnicity or race. And currently affects in the region of 1.5 million women across the country.

Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a woman’s life in a number of ways, including:

Fatigue and lack of energy

Chronic pain

An inability to conceive

Difficulty in going to work or having a social life

Depression and isolation

Problems with a couple’s sex life/relationships

The symptoms of endometriosis can be managed following a timely diagnosis and management plan. This can make all the difference to a woman’s quality of life, especially if her symptoms are severe.

Are you a health practitioner working in gynaecology or other areas of sexual health?

Then one of our helpful, professional CDP courses could well be for you.

Aimed at advanced nurse practitioners, first contact nurses, practice nurses, health visitors and midwives. There are two which you might find particularly useful; Contraception and sexual health workshop for the primary care practitioner and Gynae core skills for first contact practitioners.

Highly interactive and insightful, these one-day courses aim to help you diagnose and manage endometriosis; as well as many of the other common gynaecological conditions. Additionally we will look at issues around contraception and bring you up to speed with the latest professional practices.

Held in London in December 2019 and June 2020, the course is worth 7 hours of CPD. Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided; as is course material, evaluations and certificate of attendance included.

If this sounds like something you would benefit from, it’s well worth getting signed up now to secure your place as these courses tend to be popular.