NICE Guidelines on Endometriosis, issued September 2017

NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - issued a new guideline on endometriosis in September 2017. The guideline, Endometriosis: diagnosis and management, covers diagnosing and managing endometriosis and aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of endometriosis, and to provide clear advice on what action to take when women with signs and symptoms first present in healthcare settings. It also provides advice on the range of treatments available. Produced to improve care and care pathways in the NHS, they can also be used by patients to understand what to expect with the treatment and management of endometriosis.


In the months ahead we will be working:

  • to raise awareness and educate GPs
  • with the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and BSGE (British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy), to define competencies and training for gynaecologists with a special interest in endometriosis
  • to help the NHS understand the issues the need for enough time for endometriosis diagnostic and treatment surgery is scheduled in hospitals – so if a woman needs a consultation or surgery there are not long delays
  • for each of the 4 nations in the UK needs to adopt the guidelines, so Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well England. Of course, these nations have a chance to improve on the guidelines where they can, but there should not be a lower standard of care
  • to continue to raise public awareness