Endometriosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Gill Furniss Gill Furniss Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2019 on Question 206437 on Endometriosis, if he will undertake a full review of the number of women affected by Endometriosis to be held centrally.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has not made an estimate of the number of women living with endometriosis in the United Kingdom.

However, the Hospital Episode Statistics database contains a count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary diagnosis of endometriosis broken down by financial year. The last three years of this data are provided in the following table.

Financial year

Count of FCEs

2015-16

20,613

2016-17

21,050

2017-18

21,777

This data is not a count of people as the same person may have been admitted on one or more occasion. This may not be an accurate reflection of the number of diagnosed incidents of this condition, as not all patients will be admitted to hospital for treatment.

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