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Endometriosis is a very common condition where cells of the lining of the womb (the endometrium) are found elsewhere, usually in the pelvis and around the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes. It mainly affects women during their reproductive years. It can affect women from every social group and ethnicity. Endometriosis is not an infection and it is not contagious. Endometriosis is not cancer.

Women who do experience symptoms may have one or more conditions:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea) which do not respond to over-the-counter pain relief. Some women have heavy periods.
  • Pain during or after sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain which can be long-term
  • Difficulty in getting pregnant or infertility
  • Pain related to the bowels and bladder (with or without abnormal bleeding)
  • Long-term fatigue.

Some women do not have any symptoms at all.

For further information regarding endometriosis and useful contact details of organizations please see the information leaflet.

Mr Swanton is the Gynaecological lead for severe endometriosis surgery at The Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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