For the last thirty years I have been treating patients with endometriosis, a mysterious disease that affects one in ten women.
The purpose of this site is to provide reliable and up-to-date information, dispelling the myths and misinformation surrounding the disease.
There is a 7-12 year delay in the diagnosis of endometriosis. Informed patients can recognize the symptoms of the disease and seek the help of their gynecologist without losing valuable time.
Jacob Soussis MD, MSc, FRCOG
Endometriosis is a challenging condition to deal with. Chronic pain has a physical and emotional toll on your well-being. One in 10 women are affected by endometriosis and many do not have a diagnosis for 7-12 years, as endometriosis’ symptoms are similar to other gynecological conditions. Many women with endometriosis remain undiagnosed. Fortunately, there are […]
By I.Soussis MD Experts have only recently begun to recognize how widespread leg pain may be in women with endometriosis. Usually endometriosis patients experience extremely painful, heavy periods, pain after or during sexual activity (called dyspareunia) and pelvic pain. When endometriosis growths though impact the nerves surrounding the pelvis, they can cause pain in the […]
Women who have had surgery for deep infiltrating endometriosis and want to get pregnant have a reasonably high chance of conception, even after multiple failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts, a new study suggests. The study, “Pregnancy rates after surgical treatment of deep infiltrating endometriosis in infertile patients with at least 2 previous IVF / […]
Many OB-GYNs are uncomfortable counseling their patients on fertility at a time when more women are delaying pregnancy and needing their doctors to be more vigilant about this education, according to a new study. “We found that most OB-GYNs don’t bring up fertility with every patient, often because they believe the patient would bring it […]
E-cigarette usage may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes, according to a mouse study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Many young and pregnant women are using e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, but little is known about the effects on fertility and pregnancy outcomes. E-cigarettes are driving increases in tobacco product use […]
One of the many benefits of breastfeeding is that it can lower a mother’s risk of some cancers. Most people know there are many benefits to breastfeeding. We’ve probably all heard that it’s the best source of nutrition for most babies and provides many health benefits for infants. The health benefits for women who breastfeed, […]
Individualised approach to ‘fertile windows’ could help couples understand when pregnancy is likely to occur
Only 13% of women having menstrual cycles that last 28 days, according to a new study led by UCL and Natural Cycles, a contraceptive app. The study, published in Nature Digital Medicine is one of the biggest overviews of menstrual cycles to date and analysed data over 600,000 menstrual cycles and 124,648 women from Sweden, […]
Severe bloating in women with endometriosis, also known as “endo belly” is often painful and uncomfortable and takes a toll on self-image. Endo belly is a complex situation as endometriosis is a complex disease. Even a CT scan, cannot reveal the cause why it is happening. There are a few theories: Endometriosis causes adhesions that […]
Treatment with the aerial parts of the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.), a plant used in traditional medicine, reduced the size of endometrial lesions in a rat model of endometriosis,according to the results of a new study. The study, “Bioactivity-guided isolation of flavonoids from Urtica dioica L. and their effect on endometriosis rat model,” were […]
When pregnancies last for 40 weeks or longer, there is a significant additional risk of stillbirth and neonatal death, according to the results of a large review of studies. The meta-analysis also found that prolonging pregnancy beyond 40 weeks did not reduce the risk for death in the baby’s first month of life (neonatal mortality). […]