65 women hospitalised in Salisbury with endometriosis

65 women hospitalised in Salisbury with endometriosis

Published by Mike Draper at 6:18am 6th February 2020.

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The chronic condition can cause debilitatingly painful periods.

NHS figures Salisbury District Hospital admitted 65 women and girls with a main diagnosis of endometriosis in 2018-19.

Of these, at least one was an emergency case, with a patient arriving through A&E or rushed to hospital after visiting their GP.

Hospitals across England admitted more than 22,000 patients with the condition last year, 3,000 (13%) of them as an emergency.

The average age of patients admitted to Salisbury NHS Trust was 34, with an average hospital stay of 1 days.

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows elsewhere in the body, such as around the ovaries.

The tissue sheds in the same way that blood does during the menstrual cycle, but has nowhere to escape to, causing inflammation, pain, and a buildup of scar tissue.

Around 10% of women aged from puberty to menopause are thought to be affected, that's 1.5 million across the UK 

CALL FOR MORE AWARENESS

According to Endometriosis UK, it takes an average time of 7.5 years for women to get a diagnosis.

Chief executive Emma Cox said it was "heartbreaking" that women had to suffer so long, and that more awareness was needed among healthcare practitioners and the general public.

Ms Cox said 

"Those with endometriosis should be given the help they need, when they need it.They shouldn’t be having to go to A&E as they cannot get help for their pain and symptoms elsewhere.

"Many don’t even realise the pain they are suffering isn’t normal after years of being told they must have a low pain threshold and to put up with it.

"They may even be told they are making the symptoms up, which has an impact on their confidence and mental health when they are already suffering.

NO CURE:

There is no cure for the disease and it can be difficult to diagnose, but treatments could include painkillers, hormone medicines and contraceptives, and in extreme cases a hysterectomy to remove the womb.

SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS 

  • Painful, heavy or irregular periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Fatigue

 

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