Stop leaving it on average 7 to 10 years to diagnose Endometriosis. Do a lap not a scan.

Stop leaving it on average 7 to 10 years to diagnose Endometriosis. Do a lap not a scan.

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Sheree Johnson started this petition to UK Parliament

It takes an average 7.5 years to diagnose Endometriosis, bit is shouldn't! By this point the endometriosis spreads accross our insides resulting in a later stage of this horrendous disease, meaning that thousands of women have no choice but to have a hysterectomy.

Despite costing the UK economy £8.2 billion annually, being the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK. Recent research shows that there is now an average of 7.5 years between women first seeing a doctor about their symptoms and receiving a firm diagnosis.

Endometriosis UK is calling for shorter diagnosis time to ensure better health and life outcomes for women affected. There is no cure for endometriosis, and it can only be diagnosed through surgery (laparoscopy). But having a diagnosis enables women to:

receive appropriate treatment, saving women from many years of living in constant pain;
gain confidence, rather than being told they are 'making up' their symptoms which may not be believed;
stay in work, by having a named medical condition that can be understood and managed;
make informed choices about fertility issues (endometriosis doubles the risk of infertility in under 35s)
reduce the impact on the NHS through decreased visits to GPs and unnecessary treatments.

Why are women with these symptoms not being offered a laparoscopy sooner? Why do we have to suffer for years and years before being diagnosed? When treatment that could help, noe can't because it is too late.

Scans, blood tests and internal examinations are not a conclusive way to diagnose endometriosis and a normal scan, blood test and internal examination does not mean that you do not have endometriosis.

Because endometriosis manifests itself in a variety of ways and shares symptoms with other conditions, diagnosis can be difficult and often delayed. 

A laparoscopy is the most common way to diagnose endometriosis. So, why is this not being done when giving a GP all of your symptoms? During a laparoscopy, a small telescope (laparoscope) is inserted into the abdomen to look directly at the internal tissue. During a laparoscopy various procedures can be performed in order to destroy or remove the endometriosis, endometriotic cysts and release scar tissue (adhesions).

This can therefore, lead to better quality of life for those who suffer. An earlier diagnosis that could help prevent the need for a hysterectomy or increased chances of successful fertility.

 

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