Endometriosis: it affects 1 in 10 women

This debilitating disease affects women of all ages and currently the cause is unknown

Aside from the crippling pain and fatigue, one of the hardest things about having endometriosis is receiving the correct diagnosis. There are hundreds of stories in blogs and medical websites about not only the pain but also the social and psychological effects of endometriosis.

Experiencing constant pain, having headaches and always being tired is hard enough without being told by doctors that “it’s all in your head,” or “you’re probably just under a lot of stress at the moment.” No one wants to hear that, especially when it’s a chore to just get up in the morning. Most patients want answers: after all, why else would you visit a doctor? But being told “it’s all in your head” is just depressing—which does not help.

Spectrum of pain symptoms

An aspect of this disease is that the pain does not even need to be crippling. Like many such diseases, endometriosis can either cause severe or mild pain and every degree of pain in between.  Also the pain may not necessarily be indicative of the severity of the disease. For example, you might have mild symptoms but on an ultrasound or laparoscopy it turns out that that you may have extensive disease and vice versa.

Diagnosing endometriosis

Due to the nature of this disease it is important that you speak frankly with your doctor about your symptoms. If you are worried about your symptoms and wish for a detailed examination, OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care in Sydney can provide a Sonovaginography to predict severe or deep infiltrating endometriosis.

But the process starts with you. If you are suffering, do not accept that crippling pain is normal, even if it is “that time of month.” Any pain that forces you off your feet and away from school, university, work or looking after your children and family is not normal. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and you need to ensure—for your own health—that you visit your doctor.

 OMNI’s role in diagnosing endometriosis

At our Sydney clinics we have the latest in ultrasound technology to give you the most accurate results. As mentioned we do provide a Sonovaginography for assessing all forms of endometriosis, however for a definitive assessment a procedure called a laparoscopy (“keyhole” surgery) can be carried out to visualise the presence of endometriosis in the pelvis.

It is important that you speak frankly with your doctor about the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. Do not suffer for years with debilitating pain, visit OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care in Sydney for an ultrasound.

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Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.