March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. The condition which is often mistaken as having period pains, often leads to in delays in diagnosis. The disease affects around 15 to 20 per cent of women of reproductive age here in Singapore, according to The Straits Times in a 2019 report.
The chronic condition occurs when parts of the endometrium (the lining of the womb) migrate outside the womb. These are known as endometrial lesions and end up on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel or the tissue lining the pelvis, which causes inflammation and scarring.
While it is unclear how it develops, when it does happen, it affects a woman’s fertility.
“It’s important that women have the basic awareness that endometriosis exists and don’t dismiss symptoms that are suggestive of the disease.”– Dr Steven Teo, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Thomson Fertility Centre
Here, our medical expert, Dr Steven Teo, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Thomson Fertility Centre, sheds some light on the condition.