Researchers in Sydney Develop New Treatment for Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition that affects 1 in 9 women of reproductive age, around 190 million women globally. It is caused by cells similar to the uterus lining growing outside the uterus, and can cause severe, life-limiting pelvic pain, an increased risk of ovarian cancer, and infertility. Half of all sufferers have difficulty becoming pregnant.
Current Endometriosis Treatments
There is no cure for endometriosis, and treatment involves medication or surgery. Medication can help to reduce pain and manage symptoms, but it does not cure the condition. Surgery can remove endometriosis tissue, but it can also damage surrounding tissue and organs, and it is not always successful in curing the condition.
Researchers at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney have made a breakthrough in endometriosis treatment. They have grown tissue from every known type of endometriosis, and are now testing how well each type responds to different treatments. This could lead to more effective treatments that are targeted at the specific type of endometriosis, rather than just addressing the symptoms. The researchers also hope that this research could help to prevent infertility in some sufferers.
This breakthrough research is a significant step forward in the fight against endometriosis. It could lead to more effective treatments that improve the lives of millions of women around the world.