Dr. Stankiewicz is Medical Director of City Fertility Centre Adelaide and holds a Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI), which is the highest qualification available in Australia for a fertility specialist. He has worked for more than 10 years in the field of infertility in Adelaide. He has extensive experience in all aspects of gynaecology, especially Infertility, reversal of sterilisations, Endometriosis, Premature Menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and endocrinological problems that impact on fertility.
If you’re suffering from Endometriosis or experiencing symptoms, always seek medical advice from your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in 10 women – that’s approximately 200 million women and girls worldwide!
It is thought that currently, the average diagnosis delay is seven to 10 years, meaning a long and stressful journey from symptoms to diagnosis for many.
Below, I have answered some of the common questions about Endometriosis that I hear in my practice. I hope you find the answers useful.
What exactly is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that affects some women in their reproductive years. It occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus is found outside the uterus. The areas where it is commonly found are the surface of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis.
Why does Endometriosis cause pain?
It is believed that these tissues grow and cause inflammation, scarring and sometimes adhesions. Similar to the lining of the uterus, these implants respond to female hormones such as estrogen. It is not fully understood why it can cause so much pain in some women; however, it is thought that sometimes the implants bleed and the blood cannot escape from the body during the period, so it bleeds directly onto the surface of the surrounding organs and tissues.