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Endometriosis is a condition defined by the growth of tissue similar to that of the lining of the womb (endometrium) outside of the womb itself. This tissue is typically found in or around pelvic structures such as the bladder, ovaries, colon and rectum.

It is estimated that around 10% of women between the age of 25-40 are affected by endometriosis, however the true prevalence is not known as some women may be asymptomatic. On average it takes 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis of endometriosis.

Endometriosis Treatment

Management of endometriosis is largely dependent on the underlying symptoms for which a patient is seeking treatment. For endometriosis-related pain treatment either incorporates simple pain killers (e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid), hormonal treatments (combined or progesterone only contraceptives) or a combination of both.

Depending on the symptoms, preferences, and priorities of each individual patient laparoscopic excision or ablation of endometriosis, or hysterectomy may be appropriate.

Medicinal cannabis can be considered for endometriosis-related pain when first line therapies have not achieved adequate benefit.