Endometriosis: separating 5 more myths from the facts

Endometriosis is a chronic illness with no cure

In our first endometriosis: separating the myth from the fact blog we looked at five of the most prevalent myths surrounding endometriosis.

This blog will look at 5 more myths and what the truth actually is.

Endometriosis affects over 176 million women around the world. This debilitating illness is no respecter of age nor is there currently any known cure. And like many chronic illnesses it proves very difficult to diagnose.

Currently, it takes 8 years to diagnose endometriosis from when you first present symptoms.

Myth 1: sex can actually prevent endometriosis

Just no. This was a popular theory touted by people who did not appreciate (or have a clue about) the severity of endometriosis. In fact, those who do study and treat this disease know that painful intercourse is a hallmark symptom of endometriosis.

This theory was good for selling newspapers but that is about all it is good for.

Myth 2: Special diets, herbal supplements, or exercise will cure endometriosis

There is no cure for endometriosis. Not yet anyway. All we, as medical professionals, can do is help women manage this chronic illness.

This is not to say we’re ruling out the possibility diet and exercise may relieve symptoms of endometriosis, however the evidence today would not support this.

Myth 3: Endometriosis goes away at onset of menopause

There is no evidence to support this. So, we are going to call this a myth. Especially since the doctor who made this assertion based it on the fact he had not seen endometriosis after menopause. However, symptoms will subside after the menopause.

The oldest known patient with biopsy-proven endometriosis was 74 years old. There is also records of a woman aged 78 having endometriosis.

Myth 4: endometriosis only exists in industrialised countries

This one is weird. But it arose from the career woman being exposed to certain chemicals. There are two problems with this theory. The first is that there’s no research or evidence of any kind to back it up. The second problem is that women in non-industrialised countries have endometriosis.

It is believed that this theory arose because women in industrialised countries are more likely to be diagnosed than women in non-industrialised countries.

Myth 5: mothers who have endometriosis have a higher incidence of their babies having birth defects

Again, this is a strange one. There is no real evidence to support it. In fact we would go so far as to say there is no evidence tying endometriosis and your child having birth defects.

It is true that in some cases of extensive endometriosis the rate of infertility; however not every women with endometriosis will have trouble conceiving.

 What OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care can do for you

At our Sydney clinics we offer ultrasound scans to diagnose endometriosis. The scan we use is 3D Sonovaginography which is a safe, no-downtime scan. This scan can predict deep or severe infiltrating endometriosis and provides your GP or obstetrician extra information over a sonography.

If you are diagnosed with endometriosis at OMNI, our team can plan your management and help you through the treatment process.

Talk to the team at OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care in Sydney to find out how we can help you. Contact us today.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

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.