Endometriosis: undiagnosed and undertreated

Dr Stephen Lyons
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, RANZCOG Federal Council Member

THE IMPLICATION was that endometriosis is a common condition and, given that all gynaecologists are trained to perform laparoscopy, the surgical management of endometriosis would be central to my practice.

Endometriosis is, indeed, the commonest gynaecological cause of chronic pelvic pain, thought to affect about 5—10% of all women and about 80% and 50% of those undergoing diagnostic laparoscopy for investigation of pelvic pain and infertility,