What is endometriosis?

ENDOMETRIOSIS
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“Endometriosis is a chronic, inflammatory, systemic disease characterised by cells resembling the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) growing in places outside of the uterus. The causes are as of yet unknown with hormonal, genetic, and immune origins theorised.
 
People with endometriosis can experience a range of symptoms with the most predominant being pelvic pain, but can also include fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms, and infertility. The severity of these symptoms is unrelated to the severity of endometriosis lesions.
 
To date the only definitive diagnosis is surgical and while there are many potential treatments their efficacy is limited and variable. There is no cure for endometriosis." (1)
The National Action Plan for Endometriosis was developed in 2018 by the Turnbull Government, with contributions from many organisations and individuals.

Its overarching goal is to see, “A tangible improvement in the quality of life for individuals living with endometriosis, including a reduction in the impact and burden of disease at individual and population levels.” (2)

The plan recognises the need for:

● Greater awareness and education
● Improved access to services that are         appropriate, available and accessible
● Support for further research relevant to need
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MYTH

Pregnancy cures endometriosis

MYTH

People with endometriosis can't have children

MYTH

People with stage 1 disease will only experience mild symptoms

MYTH

Period pain is normal

FACT

There is no correlation between the stage of the disease and the severity of symptoms

FACT

Endometriosis can only be diagnosed by biopsy after laparoscopic investigation

FACT

Excision is far more effective than ablation in the treatment of endometriosis 

FACT

There is no cure for endometriosis

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1. Agarwal SK, Chapron C, Giudice LC, Laufer MR, Leyland N, Missmer SA, et al. Clinical diagnosis of endometriosis: a call to action. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology. 2019;220(4):354.e1–354.e12.
2. Australian Government Department of Health. National Action Plan for Endometriosis [Internet]. Canberra; 2018. Available from: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/national-action-plan-for-endometriosis.pdf