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Women's Health Matters: do you have any of these 10 conditions?

We share expert information about 10 common gynaecological conditions suffered by millions of the women in the UK, as well as the range of treatment options that we have for each. Despite how common they are, these conditions are often poorly understood. This can result in significant diagnosis times and often limited diagnostic testing. More work can always to raise awareness of women's health and continue this needed conversation.

If you’re currently battling the distressing symptoms of a gynaecological condition, then you’re not alone. Gynaecological health conditions such as endometriosis and adenomyosis often go undiagnosed for years. Despite this, they devastate the lives of millions of women worldwide, causing chronic, debilitating pain and understandably deeply rooted psychological problems.

Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women in the UK. One of the biggest issues with it is that it is very difficult to diagnose and takes an average of seven and a half years to be diagnosed. Endometriosis causes severe pelvic pain, pain during sex and often infertility. These are just some of the many symptoms of endometriosis.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have endometriosis?
 
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to endometriosis. 

Adenomyosis also affects 1 in 10 women in the UK. According to the NHS, adenomyosis can also take years to diagnose. The condition causes heavy, painful or irregular periods and severe pelvic pain. These are just some of the many symptoms of adenomyosis.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have adenomyosis?

Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to adenomyosis.

According to The Urology Foundation, interstitial cystitis (IC) affects approximately 400,000 people in the UK, 90% of which are female. IC is often diagnosed through process of elimination, which can take a long time, causing feelings of hopelessness and exhaustion. IC has many symptoms, including severe pelvic pain, as well as frequent urination and urgency.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have interstitial cystitis?

Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to interstitial cystitis. 

It is not clear exactly how many women suffer from vulvodynia in the UK. However, the National Vulvodynia Association states that that as many as 16% of women in America suffer from the condition. According to studies sourced by the NVA, 60% of affected women consult three or more doctors before receiving a diagnosis. The condition causes many symptoms, including a constant painful burning sensation in your vagina, as well as pain during sex.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have vulvodynia?

Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to vulvodynia. 

One study by The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOC) suggests that 1 in 10 women find sex painful. Vaginismus can take a long time to diagnose because it is often overlooked as being natural “nerves” experienced before sex. Vaginismus causes your vagina to tighten before penetration due to intense fear of pain, making sex unusually challenging and painful.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have vaginismus?
   
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to vaginismus. 

Studies show that around one in 10 women suffer from PCOS. There is no definitive diagnostic test for PCOS, so it can take time to diagnose through process of elimination. PCOS causes excessive hair growth and weight gain, which can take an upsetting toll on your self-confidence and body image.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?
   
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to PCOS. 

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, most women will be unaware that they have an ovarian cyst(s), because they are often asymptomatic. However, up to 1 in 10 women may need surgery for an ovarian cyst at some point in their lives. If you do have symptoms, you will likely experience pelvic pain, pain during sex and unusually heavy periods.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have an ovarian cyst? 
   
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to ovarian cysts. 

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, most women will develop one or more uterine fibroids during their reproductive lifespan. Cystic fibroids can lead to heaviness and pressure across your pelvic area. If left untreated, cystic fibroids will continue to grow.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have uterine fibroids? 
   
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to uterine fibroids. 

According to John’s Hopkins Medicine, the symptoms of dysmenorrhea may “look like other conditions or medical problems”. This can make it difficult to diagnose. If you suffer from dysmenorrhea, you will likely experience excruciating period pain during your period and painful stomach cramps before, during and after your period.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have dysmenorrhea? 
   
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to dysmenorrhea.

According to NICE, in primary care in the UK, 8.4% of women reported a vaginal bulge or lump, and on examination prolapse is present in up to 50% of women. If you’re experiencing pelvic organ prolapse, you will likely feel pressure and heaviness across your pelvic area.

Have you been diagnosed with or suspect you have pelvic organ prolapse? 
   
Don't suffer in silence. Find out more about the gynaecology services and treatment options we offer that are related to pelvic organ prolapse.

Booking a consultation with a specialist such as gynaecologist could help resolve your symptoms and concerns.

They will be able to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and talk with you about the best treatment options for your specific situation.

We partnered with pioneering research charity Wellbeing of Women to produce our Women's Health Matters 2021 report. Wellbeing of Women help improve pregnancy care, IVF outcomes and the risk of childbirth complications for women through their ground-breaking research.

Women's Health Matters 2021 provides a comprehensive analysis of ten of the most common gynaecological conditions misdiagnosed or misunderstood for years at a time. Infertility, debilitating chronic pain, the onset of associated conditions and severe depression are common effects of living with a gynaecological condition without access to the right care. Yet despite this, education and awareness around women’s health is lacking.

Millions of women in the UK continue to suffer in silence while waiting for a diagnosis, unsure of how best to manage their pain or seek help.

The aim of this Women's Health Matters is to tackle taboos in women's health by sharing the hard-hitting stories of other women living with these conditions, as well as:

  • Insightful commentary by specialist Consultant gynaecologists;
  • Information about what to look out for, diagnostic testing and effective treatment options for each condition;
  • Links to trusted support networks across a range of conditions;
  • Expert insight shared by Wellbeing of Women, ground-breaking research charity and advocate for increased awareness of women's health; and
  • Much more. 
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