Clinicians now able to give a clinical diagnosis of “suspected endometriosis” based on symptoms and a physical examination.
One in 20 UK women will now wait more than a year for an appointment.
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Women with endometriosis already wait up to eight years for a diagnosis in the UK. Post-pandemic delays could make this even worse.
Women wait up to eight years to receive an endometriosis diagnosis.
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GPs don’t always recognise the metaphors and similes women use to describe their pain – which could mean delays in a diagnosis.
Neuropathic pain doesn’t respond to painkillers.
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Our research revealed around 40% of women with endometriosis have neuropathic pain – a type of pain that doesn’t respond to traditional pain treatments.
Women wait an average of eight years for diagnosis.
Taking sufferers’ accounts seriously is the linchpin to improvement.
Endometriosis affects 10% of women, but many live with painful symptoms of the condition for years without a diagnosis. A lack of non-invasive screening tools and normalisation of period pain both play a role in this.
Women with endometriosis need evidence-based information to make informed choices about their treatment.
Timothy Paul Smith
Endometriosis is cut or vaporised with an electric current or laser. It ranges from a simple, 20 minute operation to complex surgery involving important organs such as the bowel and bladder.
Women have long been told getting pregnant can help with endometriosis.
Pregnancy is often mentioned as a treatment or a ‘cure’ for endometriosis. Pregnancy may suppress the symptoms of endometriosis, but it is not a cure.