My endometriosis is getting me down – what are my treatment options?

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition affecting around one in ten women. It occurs when endometrial cells form outside the womb, often on the ovaries. These cells respond to hormonal changes and can cause significant pain, usually around the time of menstruation. Endometriosis does not just affect a woman physically: it can have a negative impact on relationships and on social life, often making one feel removed and isolated.

See a specialist

If your endometriosis is adversely affecting your life, speak to your GP about seeking the advice of a specialist. Miss Amanda Tozer, a female gynaecologist based in London’s Harley Street, treats many women with the condition every year. Endometriosis can have an impact on fertility and this is often a trigger for women attending Miss Tozer’s clinic, but many of her patients simply want to find a way of managing the condition, minimising the role it plays in their lives. During your consultation, Miss Tozer will ask you about your symptoms and your periods before conducting a pelvic examination and an ultrasound. She may recommend a laparoscopy.

How is endometriosis treated?

When the extent of your endometriosis has been ascertained, your specialist will talk you through your options. For three in ten of those suffering with the condition, it will improve with no treatment at all; however, if you are seeking specialist help then you are probably beyond that, and beyond taking over-the-counter painkillers to manage the pain. Your other options include hormone treatments to limit the production of oestrogen, and surgery to remove the endometriosis tissue. The type of surgery will depend on the location of your endometriosis.

Compassionate and reassuring in her approach, London female gynaecologist Amanda Tozer will discuss her recommended treatment plan at length with you, helping you to fully understand your options and ultimately to alleviate your symptoms.