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What Impact Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Have On Endometriosis Patients?

The global outbreak of Coronavirus has been an unsettling time, causing a lot of anxiety. To those who have endometriosis, may feel like it is a difficult time for them. Living with chronic pain is no easy feat and we hear you ladies! Endometriosis UK teamed up with the  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to deliver advice and put together guidance for people living with endometriosis during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

If I Have Endometriosis, Can I Be More At Risk Of Contracting the Coronavirus?

Women with endometriosis have been reassured that they do not have an increased risk of catching the disease. The advice for those with endometriosis is similar to the general population – minimise social contact and regularly wash your hands with soap.

 

What Is Thoracic Endometriosis ?

Thoracic endometriosis is a form of extra-pelvic endometriosis that occurs when lesions spread to the diaphragm and the lungs. Due to the variety of organs involved, it is one of the most complex forms of endometriosis to surgically treat.

 

Do People With Thoracic Endometriosis Have an Increased Risk of the Coronavirus?

People with thoracic endometriosis — where the tissue growth is within the chest cavity, i.e., the lungs or on the diaphragm — may be more at risk. As COVID-19 is a respiratory tract infection, those that have pre-existing respiratory (breathing) problems are more at risk, and so it may be that if you have thoracic endometriosis you could be more at risk. Advice for those with thoracic endometriosis is similar to those who aren’t at risk: minimise all social contact, wash your hands more regularly, and self-isolate.

 

What Impact Does Coronavirus Have On Endometriosis Patients Like Me?

Due to unprecedented demand for resourcing, Endometriosis patients are likely to have their surgery delayed or rescheduled as the vast majority of endometriosis surgery is classified as non urgent surgery. You also might have difficulty in referrals. Telemedicine options may be available to you and many online prescription services help to deliver essential medicines to your home.

 

References:

https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/coronavirus-covid-19-and-endometriosis

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/