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Chilcote Surgery

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Endometriosis Action Month 2024

Posted on March 5th, 2024

Could it be Endometriosis?

Endometriosis impacts 1 in 10 women and those assigned female at birth in the UK, yet so many are still unaware of the condition and its impact.⁠

March is Endometriosis Action Month 2024, and we’re focusing on raising vital awareness of the common symptoms of endometriosis. Improving general public awareness and understanding of the condition ensures that those experiencing symptoms, their friends and family and their healthcare team know to ask ‘could it be endometriosis?’, leading to more prompt diagnosis and access to care.⁠

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to the ones lining the womb grow elsewhere in the body, generally within the pelvic cavity. Each month these cells react to the menstrual cycle in the same way as those in the womb, building up then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape. This can cause inflammation, pain and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions). The symptoms experienced can vary from person to person, depending on where the endometriosis is growing. Some are badly affected, whilst others might not have any noticeable symptoms. If your period pain is interfering with your everyday life it’s best to see your doctor. Endometriosis affects 10% of women and those assigned female at birth from puberty to menopause, although the effects may be felt for life – that’s over 1.5 million in the UK. Endometriosis is not an infection or cancer and cannot be passed from one person to another.

I have symptoms… What can I do?

Support is available to help you get a diagnosis and manage your endometriosis. Talk to your GP and be sure to give them as much information about your symptoms as possible. Keeping a pain and symptoms diary can help you explain the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Visit www.endometriosis-uk.org to find out more about endometriosis and for guidance in talking to your GP.Symptomssocialmediapost

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