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Endo What? Current Challenges and Opportunities Within Endometriosis

Why endometriosis is often overlooked

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“Half of the UK isn’t aware of the life-changing condition that’s as common in women and those assigned female at birth as diabetes and asthma.” Endometriosis UK

What is Endometriosis?

Current Challenges

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  • relieve pain while minimising side effects
  • allow the menstrual cycle to continue, and ideally allow for pregnancy during treatment (if desired)
  • prevent disease recurrence by targeting specific disease-associated pathways.

We may be at an Inflection Point

What Role can Private Companies Play?


Concerned About Endometriosis?

  • Check out the great resources provided by endometriosis UK here.
  • Review the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) patient leaflet on endometriosis here or listen to the audio version here.
  • Take a look at the RCOG patient leaflet on long-term pelvic pain here.
  • You can also review the NICE diagnostic algorithm here. (Warning this is quite medical)
  1. Endometriosis UK website. Link
  2. NHS Inform website. Link
  3. Endometriosis UK website. Link
  4. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Endometriosis Report
  5. Endometriosis can double the risk of infertility in under 35s. A prospective cohort study of endometriosis and subsequent risk of infertility. J. Prescott, L.V. Farland, D.K. Tobias, A.J. Gaskins, D. Spiegelman, J.E. Chavarro, J.W. Rich-Edwards, R.L. Barbier, S.A. Missmer. Hum Reprod (2016) 31 (7): 1475–1482
  6. CNBC article
  7. UK Health Research Report
  8. Oral contraceptives and risk of endometriosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. P. Vercellini, B. Eskenazi, D. Consonni, E. Somigliana, F. Parazzini, A. Abbiati, L. Fedele. Hum Reprod Update (2011) 17 (2): 159–70
  9. Current and emerging treatment options for endometriosis. S. Ferrero, G. Evangelisti, F. Barra. Expert Opin Pharmacother (2018) 19 (10): 1109–1125
  10. Endometriosis UK website. Link
  11. Endometriosis UK website. Link
  12. Endometriosis UK website. Link



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Louise Rix

Founder, previously Chief Medical Officer at Béa Fertility, VC investor, founder. Interested in health care, female health and startups.