Endometriosis affects 10% of women, but many live with painful symptoms of the condition for years without a diagnosis. A lack of non-invasive screening tools and normalisation of period pain both play a role in this.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition that causes pain, infertility and gastrointestinal symptoms.
For some women with endometriosis, surgery and medication just aren't cutting it to alleviate their pain and other symptoms. One in ten turn to cannabis.
It can be difficult to get pain from endometriosis under control.
Women with endometriosis pay an average of $1,200 in out-of-pocket health costs a year. When you add lost wages and productivity, the costs add up to $30,000 per sufferer every year.
In women with endometriosis, tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus, causing pain and infertility.
The research, mostly in mice, delivers some interesting new insights about endometriosis but we still haven't found the cause, let alone a cure.
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It’s hard to know how many women are affected by adenomyosis.
Adenomyosis is a different condition to endometriosis, though many women who have one will have the other.
Women with endometriosis need evidence-based information to make informed choices about their treatment.
Timothy Paul Smith
Endometriosis is cut or vaporised with an electric current or laser. It ranges from a simple, 20 minute operation to complex surgery involving important organs such as the bowel and bladder.
Endometriosis can cause a number of symptoms, including pain during sex and pelvic pain outside of the period cycle.
Endometriosis can cause a number of severe symptoms, including period pain. But painful periods alone aren't a surefire indicator of endometriosis. Here's what else to look out for.
When looking for the right pill, women want to weigh up the cost, safety, efficacy and side effects of the pill.
There are more than 30 different types of contraceptive pills. But brand names such as Microgynon, Levlen, Yaz and Brenda give little indication of the ingredients, dose or who should use them.
Every woman and her disease are different, and each will respond in her own way to different types of foods.
There's some logic in eating and avoiding certain foods if you have endometriosis. And there are some studies that confirm this logic, but then others seem to refute it. And everyone is unique too.
When it comes to managing endometriosis, what works for one woman may not be the best choice for another.
Many women are prescribed the pill without a definitive diagnosis of endometriosis.
Women have long been told getting pregnant can help with endometriosis.
Pregnancy is often mentioned as a treatment or a 'cure' for endometriosis. Pregnancy may suppress the symptoms of endometriosis, but it is not a cure.
An opinion piece in the Guardian states there is no logical way any discussion about endometriosis should focus on how it impacts men.
A study examining the sexual impact of endometriosis on male partners has caused controversy. But talking to both members of a couple about a health issue is important.
The majority of women experience some cramping for one to two days in their periods.
Period pain usually begins soon after a girl starts menstruating, but commonly gets better as she gets older.
Girls star Lena Dunham suffers from endometriosis, a condition that affects one out of every ten women of menstruating age.
We must try harder to explore what causes endometriosis and not reinforce theories that imply fault on a woman's part, or are shaped by old ideas about women's roles and bodies.
One in ten women worldwide are thought to have endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis say it affects their whole life, but they receive little support for managing this condition, which doesn't have a cure or a treatment regime without nasty side effects.
Painful but not taboo.
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