At the first sign of pain – act immediately!
Visit your GP and ask to be referred for a laparoscopic examination and diagnosis. If endometriosis is diagnosed, ablation treatment destroys the ectopic cells in early stage endometriosis.
It is absolutely vital that you seek treatment as early as possible otherwise, the disease will spread to other organs in your abdomen and eventually become INCURABLE!
Being aware of the symptoms related to endometriosis and keeping a diary of your pain & symptoms will help you build your case for your GP.
You may initially be prescribed drugs to help you manage the pain however, this should only be a temporary measure. Do not accept a continued drug programme as this only masks the problem, while the disease is allowed to advance to an incurable state.
You must be persistent with your GP and keep pushing for a laparoscopic examination – Don’t give up because the rest of your life depends on your determination to seek treatment.
The Helica system uses a single use probe which enters the peritoneum (tummy) during a laparoscopic examination. If endometriosis is present, helium gas and low electrical alternating current is used to destroy the diseased cells with an ionising beam (spark). Non-touch heat is used to destroy endometrial deposits.
Endometriosis is a very common condition and affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. It occurs when tissue similar to that found in the uterus’ lining is found outside its usual place.
If you are a new sufferer that has moderate abdominal pain on a regular basis, there is a possibility endometriosis. Early internal examination, diagnosis and ablation treatment are key in the effective management of this debilitating condition which affects an estimated 1.5 million women in the UK. The developers of the Helica instrument, which delivers the innovative treatment mentioned, are empowering sufferers to provide their GPs with information on the condition and highlights the benefits of the Laparoscopic Helium Ablation (LHA) technique that the instrument provides.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with menstrual periods. Sufferers of endometriosis usually report menstrual pain as more severe than usual, and may also vary over time. However, this pain isn’t necessarily a reliable indicator of the extent of the condition. It is possible to have mild endometriosis but severe pain and vice versa.
Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:
Pain in your lower tummy or back which is usually worse during your period, particularly if pain occurs prior to bleeding and/or after your period finishes.
Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
Pain with bowel movements or urination. You’re most likely to experience these symptoms during a menstrual period.
Leg pain (due to endometriosis landing on the sciatic nerve).
Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods (inter-menstrual bleeding).
Sometimes, endometriosis is first diagnosed in those seeking treatment for infertility.
Other signs and symptoms. You may experience fatigue, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
When a woman reports the possible symptoms of endometriosis to their health care practitioner, she may be offered non-surgical options such as oral tablets initially.
However, if non-surgical options have not sufficiently reduced a woman’s symptoms to improve her quality of life, or a definitive diagnosis of the cause of pain is sought, surgery may become the preferred option.
You may wish to ask your GP to refer you to a gynaecologist for further discussion about your symptoms, and how they can be best managed.
If the gynaecologist believes that you may have endometriosis, you may be offered a diagnostic laparoscopy to confirm this, and at the same time they may wish to treat any endometriosis that they find.
Your gynaecologist may want to discuss with you a treatment to ‘burn’ or excise away any endometriosis using the Helica system.
Endometriosis Treatment and Support, London Scotland and UK Wide
Many of the symptoms of endometriosis aren’t easy to deal with and even harder to discuss. We’ve been treating patients with endometriosis for many years, so we understand. We believe the difficulty of talking about these symptoms. Many people believe these issues are normal, or just a part of life, feeding into a culture of silence. We implore you to act on any symptoms. If you believe your periods are more painful than they should be or used to be, if sex is painful, or if your flow is heavy talk to your GP about endometriosis and our support and treatments.
Helica Treatments are available UK wide, including London and Scotland, our support resources are available for anyone who believes they may be affected. You can find is in a variety of different hospitals, including NHS hospitals, Spire, BMI and more.
Our endometriosis treatment and support is here to help you move forward with your life. No matter where you are in life we want to help. Maybe you’ve suffered for years and you’ve had enough? Potentially, you’re young and concerned what you’re experiencing isn’t normal. endometriosis is often hard to detect and experienced very differently. We think all of your experiences are valid and every step you take to treatment is important.
We’re here to support you through this process and act quickly. Acting quickly can make a huge difference in your treatment. If left for too long your endometriosis may end up in complications. The complications of endometriosis can be devastating, from painful cysts to life changing infertility. Early treatment in a wide range of cases can not only help deal with the pain and side effects but prevent these complications.
So, if you find yourself noticing the signs of endometriosis, we implore you to be brave and seek medical advice. Feel free to use our free GP pack anywhere in the UK to help support you through this process no matter where you are, from London or all the way to Scotland.