(Endometriosis Special Interest Group)
We are frequently asked questions about endometriosis, mainly through our Facebook page. Endometriosis NZ is very fortunate to have access to some of the most experienced advanced laparoscopic surgeons and pelvic pain specialists.
To find out who our ESIG specialists are click here.
Our ESIG members are donating their time to answer the questions posed to them by Endometriosis NZ.
Question 1: How does the Zoladex injection affect my period? For instance, I thought it would stop my periods but that hasn't happened.
Question 2: My doctor has suggested I start a course of Zoladex but from what I have heard it is a pretty gross drug with awful side effects. Wouldn't it be better to excise my endometriosis properly as I have only had a diagnostic laparoscopy?
Question 3: Is Zoldex the same as that horrible drug Lupron that they talk about in the U.S?
Thanks to Dr Susan Evans and Dr Neil Johnson for their responses.Read more →
Question 1 - Is it possible for adenomyosis to return post-hysterectomy (in places other than the uterus)?
Question 2 - Following a pregnancy, with C-section delivery, is there any indication of the time period over which the adenomyosis worsens? Does the data suggest adenomyosis gets worse soon after pregnancy and delivery?Read more →
Psychological tools for managing your pelvic pain
I have read the ASK ESIG files on pain following surgery but seriously, with a history of endometriosis and adenomyosis, what can I do to ease the ongoing pain?Read more →
Mirena or Jaydess
I am 20 year old, have a diagnosis of endometriosis and have not had children. My gynaecologist has suggested a Jaydess be placed at my next laparoscopy. Why a Jaydess and not a Mirena? I am confused. I have not had one of these before. Please ASK ESIG for me. Thanks.Read more →
Exercising without triggering pain and symptoms
Can you exercise without provoking or triggering more pain and symptoms?
Thank you to Cate Grace (Christchurch) and Leanne Wait (Hawkes Bay) for your responses.Read more →
Sciatica and Endometriosis
"Lately, I've been wondering about whether my sciatica could be related to my endometriosis. I first developed sciatic pain 3 years ago and it was initially triggered by intercourse and I went to the ER at the time only to be referred onto a spinal specialist. At the time I could barely walk because the pain in my right hip was so bad and radiated all the way down to my foot. 7 months ago I had my laparoscopy to diagnose stage 3 endo and lately have been wondering if my sciatica could be related. Could it be extra pelvic endo? What is the best course of action to find out more?"
Thankyou to Heba Shaheed (Sydney, Australia) for your response.Read more →