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Understanding Endometriosis and the signs to look out for

Endometriosis (pronounced en-doh-me-tree-o-sis) is a common yet widely under-recognised condition affecting more than 10% of the female population. It can cause enormous suffering but remains understudied, under-diagnosed and poorly treated. 

 

In the UK, it currently takes on average 8 years to be diagnosed with Endometriosis. This is unacceptable! In 8 years a student completes an entire cycle of school.

A condition as common as Diabetes and Asthma should NOT take 8 years to diagnose.

Endometriosis can carry a lot of uncertainty and symptoms which can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life, affecting school attendance and the ability to pursue a professional career. The symptoms can impact fertility and relationships and can often result in feelings of isolation and depression.

 

In severe cases, Endometriosis can sometimes result in the loss of normal hormone activity and loss of reproductive function leading to infertility and early onset menopause. In the more extreme cases, Endometriosis can be life threatening by impacting on kidney, bowel and lung function, and there is currently no cure.

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