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In March, we celebrated Endometriosis Awareness Month! Let’s take a deep dive into all things endometriosis and how your osteopath or pelvic health therapist can help you.


Endometriosis is a medical condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. It is mainly found in the pelvic region, however, there are cases of it found throughout the body. Common sites include the bladder, uterine tubes, bowels, and ovaries. These growths can lead to inflammation and scar tissue forming in these regions resulting in severe and sometimes debilitating pain. It also can have an impact on a women’s fertility.

Endometriosis affects 1 in 9 women in Australia, and on average, it takes 6.5 years to be diagnosed.

The cause is currently unknown, but those assigned female at birth can be affected from the onset of their first period through to menopause. Currently, there is no cure, but symptoms can be treated with medicines, complementary treatments including osteopathy, physiotherapy, nutritionists, psychologists, and if applicable, surgery. There is no ‘best treatment’, since treatments will work differently for each individual with endometriosis.


Symptoms are variable from woman to woman. Here are a list of some of the possible symptoms of Endometriosis:
  • Severe pain in the pelvis (lower part of belly)
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Issues with urination and bowel movements, including constipation or pain
  • Trouble getting pregnant/Fertility issues
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Heavy bleeding during periods or between periods
  • Painful periods
  • Bloating and/or nausea
  • Possibly gastrointestinal disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Irregular cycle
  • Lower back pain
  • Joint pain, including jaw
  • Difficulty using tampons

Many women can experience significant symptoms that prevent them from going to work or school and have a significant impact on their social and mental health as well as be financially impacted.

Healthcare team

In Australia, your management team for your endometriosis may include:

  • Your doctor
  • A gynaecologist and/or other specialist
  • A pelvic health therapist, either osteopath or physiotherapist
  • A naturopath
  • A psychologist
  • An acupuncturist


How can we Here at HealthLinks help?

Here at HealthLinks we have two specially trained pelvic health therapists – Osteopath Dr Michelle Derrick and Physiotherapist Karen Humphris.

Either of these fabulous therapists can help you with your endometriosis using:

  • Internal pelvic floor release and tools to manage at home
  • Movement to create connection and safety
  • Breathwork and mindfulness
  • Stress management
  • Scar tissue release
  • Improve lymphatics
  • Release of whole body restrictions
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Referral to other health professionals when required
If you are suffering with endometriosis or if you are experiencing some symptoms, Book an appointment with one of our fantastic pelvic health therapists today!
You are not alone in this journey, there is help available.


Endometriosis Australia. (2024). Endometriosis Australia. https://endometriosisaustralia.org/

Jean Hailes Foun­da­tion. (2024). Endometriosis. https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/endometriosis


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