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As an academic and sufferer of endometriosis, I wanted to know what the history was behind my own disease.
Doctors don’t always tell you they’re unsure what’s behind common symptoms, such as a stomach ache. And that can have serious effects.
Surgery is one option to treat endometriosis. Here’s what’s involved.
Clinicians now able to give a clinical diagnosis of “suspected endometriosis” based on symptoms and a physical examination.
One in 20 UK women will now wait more than a year for an appointment.
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Women with endometriosis already wait up to eight years for a diagnosis in the UK. Post-pandemic delays could make this even worse.
Despite the prevalence of endometriosis, people often live with pain and other symptoms for years before being diagnosed.
People living with endometriosis wait an average of 7.5 years for a diagnosis. Social science researchers are working to identify ways to help reduce this timeline.
Some women with endometriosis are in so much pain, they’re giving up work. Others are struggling at work or uni. Here’s how we support women with this debilitating disease.
Many women are told not to complain about pain.
The “gender health gap” may be at the root of this problem.
Women wait up to eight years to receive an endometriosis diagnosis.
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GPs don’t always recognise the metaphors and similes women use to describe their pain – which could mean delays in a diagnosis.
Neuropathic pain doesn’t respond to painkillers.
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Our research revealed around 40% of women with endometriosis have neuropathic pain – a type of pain that doesn’t respond to traditional pain treatments.
Endometriosis can be an extremely painful condition.
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There’s currently no cure for the condition, which millions of women suffer with worldwide.
Endometriosis awareness has skyrocketed over the last decade thanks to social media use, and this brings both new resources and challenges for those living with the disease.
Histories of mistreatment and misdiagnosis of endometriosis has led people dealing with the disease to turn to the internet for information and community.
Women wait an average of eight years for diagnosis.
Taking sufferers’ accounts seriously is the linchpin to improvement.
A nationwide online survey collected information from 4,202 teenagers and young women in Australia, about how their periods affected their education – either at school, university or VET.
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.
Age is the biggest predictor of IVF success, but not all clinics are equal.
If you’re one of the one in six Australian couples experiencing infertility, you’ve probably thought about IVF. Here’s a step by step breakdown of how it all works.
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.