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London Private Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic

Endometriosis Centre

TAKING CARE OF YOU AND YOUR WELLBEING

 

One in ten women in the UK has endometriosis, yet it takes an average of seven and a half years to be diagnosed.

It can affect every aspect of your life including your relationship, physical activity levels and ability to enjoy life.

Here at The Harley Street Clinic in London, we offer a range of services to help you take control of the condition, so you can

live your life to the full. We tell you whether you have endometriosis and how it may affect you within about a week.

And if you do have endometriosis, we take care of every aspect of your treatment and follow-up care.

How we're different


We diagnose you quickly, using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and high-tech endoscopy equipment. We then treat the disease and offer you loads of ways to manage it, taking into account your individual situation and main symptoms.

 

With us, you get all the care you need in one place. Our multidisciplinary team of nurses, consultants, surgeons, radiologists and pain specialists provide the best expertise available.

 

We also offer complimentary medicine and counselling to support you further. And if you have difficulty getting pregnant, our team at the Lister Fertility Clinic can treat you.

What is endometriosis?


Endometriosis is a common disease and it occurs when cells like those lining the womb are found elsewhere in the body. Like the ones in your womb, these cells also break down and bleed once a month, but the blood can’t leave your body. This menstrual blood irritates the tissue in your pelvis, creating inflammation and scarring.

 

Endometriosis Symptoms


While some women have no symptoms, others can suffer effects like bowel and bladder problems, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain throughout their cycle and, pain during sex. Depression and fatigue are also very common symptoms of endometriosis. It can also cause infertility.

 

What causes Endometriosis?


Nobody knows what causes endometriosis, though there are a few theories:

  • Retrograde menstruation, which is when some of the lining of your womb flows backwards through your fallopian tubes into your abdomen during your period and the tissue then implants itself and grows.
  • Genetics: the sisters and mothers of women who have endometriosis are also likely to have the condition
  • Endometriosis cells can get into the bloodstream or lymphatic system, though nobody knows how

 

How many women suffer from endometriosis?


One in ten women in the UK has endometriosis, yet it takes an average of seven and a half years to be diagnosed. It can affect every aspect of your life including your relationship, physical activity levels and ability to enjoy life.

 

Endometriosis diagnosis


To find out whether you have endometriosis, we assess your symptoms with a gynaecological examination and various tests.

→ Find out more about how we diagnose you.

What we offer


Here at The Harley Street Clinic in London, we offer a range of services to help you take control of the condition, so you can live to the full. We tell you whether you have endometriosis and how it may affect you within about a week. And if you do have endometriosis, we take care of every aspect of your treatment and follow-up care. For more information go to our endometriosis treatment page.

 

Your endometriosis treatment


Your treatment could include hormone therapy, advice for managing the pain or surgery. Our consultant gynaecologist, urologist and surgeon will talk you through your options.

→ Find out more about how we treat you.

 

Giving you extra support


We can support you through endometriosis with counselling, nutrition and lifestyle advice.

→ Find out more about extra support.

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