Endometriosis is a distressing condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside the womb and elsewhere in the body. It affects around 10 percent of women, causing pain, infertility, fatigue and great distress. Often dismissed as period pains, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and needs careful overall management tailored to the needs of individual women. This book looks at the latest thinking on endometriosis. Topics include: • Causes and diagnosis• Treatment - from simple painkilling drugs to hysterectomy• What specialist treatment centres can offer, including pain management, surgery, and hormone treatments• The effect on fertility• Endometriosis in younger women and teenagers• How diet and supplements may help• Complementary remedies, e.g. TENS machines and acupuncture• Research and the future• Case histories, tips and hints from women and their partners
Dr Zara Aziz is a GP specializing in women's health. She is clinical teacher at the University of Bristol, and a medical journalist who contributes to the national press and specialist journals. She writes a monthly column for the Guardian (Doctors Orders). Jill Eckersley is a health journalist and a longstanding Sheldon author, who has written several books for the list.
Topics include: * Causes and diagnosis * Treatment - from simple painkilling drugs to hysterectomy * What specialist treatment centres can offer, including pain management, surgery, and hormone treatments * The effect on fertility * Endometriosis in younger women and teenagers * How diet and supplements may help * Complementary remedies, eg TENS machines and acupuncture * Research and the future * Case histories, tips and hints from women and their partners