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Endometriosis

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 10537, tabled on 4 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for endometriosis screening and treatment.

Answered on

18 June 2021

No estimate has been made.

There is no national screening programme for diagnosis of endometriosis. Women should consult their general practitioner in the first instance if they suspect symptoms. Clinicians should follow the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guideline on diagnosis and management of endometriosis. Diagnosis and treatment times for endometriosis this will be considered as part of the Women's Health Strategy.

Research to explore women’s experiences in primary care when presenting with endometriosis-like symptoms is currently underway, hosted by the National Institute of Health Research. The results will be published later this year and will help us to understand delays in diagnosis.