An estimated one in 10 New Zealand girls and women suffer from endometriosis. While there are many symptoms of this disease, it can be difficult to diagnose because you cannot easily see it.
At Oxford Women's Health, we have a number of experts in endometriosis, who will make sure you are comfortable and supported.
It is normal for some girls to experience painful or erratic periods in their first few years of menstruation. However, we recommend that women seek help if the pain does not improve; if there is ongoing pain throughout the month; or if the pain worsens.
There are several treatment options available for women with endometriosis.
A laparoscopic operation, performed by a gynaecologist, is often needed to diagnose it. If it is found, it can be removed at the same time. Other treatment options for endometriosis include hormonal medications (like the pill), physiotherapy, and lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise.
Oxford Women's Health is also fortunate to be able to offer the services of Deborah Bush, co-founder of Endometriosis New Zealand and an Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Coach and Consultant. Deborah provides endometriosis and pelvic pain education sessions for women and girls on topics such as medical interventions and lifestyle management.
If you're experiencing abnormal pain during menstruation, please make an appointment with a member of our team today.
To find out more about endometriosis, take a look at these videos from Endometriosis New Zealand: http://www.nzendo.org.nz/about-endometriosis/videos/index.html