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Treatment for Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition whereby cells from the uterine lining (endometrium) occur and develop outside its usual position. It can occur at the back of the uterus, around the ovaries and even the bladder. Endometriosis is usually observed in women during their reproductive years and around 1 in 10 women develop this condition.

Most endometriosis patients experience no symptoms at all. However for those who experience symptoms, the common complaint is pain in the pelvis as well as infertility. Other signs and symptoms include fatigue, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, fever and irregular periods.

How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

Endometriosis can be diagnosed based on the signs and symptoms described and a physical examination and pelvic ultrasound. Alternatively, a laparoscopy may be performed—this is when a scope with a camera at the tip is inserted and used to explore the abdominal cavity.

How is Endometriosis Treated?

While there is no cure for endometriosis, treatment options include tackling the pain and the issue of infertility. Medication can be prescribed to alleviate the pain. Patients dealing with infertility might consider IVF if they want to have children.

Surgery may also be considered. Minimally invasive surgery can be performed through small incisions made around the belly button and at the pelvic area. This allows for the insertion of small surgical instruments that are used to remove endometriotic tissue at specific points.

Dr Jen Shek Wei
Dr Jen Shek Wei Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

MBBS (Singapore), MMed (O&G) (Singapore), FRCOG (London), FAM (Singapore)

I am an obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 30 years’ experience in Singapore and the United Kingdom, dedicated to improving women’s reproductive health and wellbeing. From preventive care to medical and surgical treatments, I handle them all within my clinic. As a supporter of reproductive choice, I also provide abortion in Singapore that is safe, effective and confidential. At our accredited abortion clinic, patients can expect a smooth and informed process along with attentive follow-up care. Whatever the purpose of visit, I will be happy to serve you to the best of my ability.

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