Written by Lucy Tarbox |
1 in 10 women are affected by endometriosis during their reproductive years (ages 15-49).
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, similar to the lining of the womb, begins to develop in unusual places such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This causes intense discomfort for women with symptoms including pain in the lower stomach and back, pain during and after sex, feeling constantly sick, and a high risk of infertility. These symptoms are common for other illnesses, making endometriosis hard to determine. It can often take years to get an accurate diagnosis.
There is currently no specific treatment to help live with the pain, but there are other ways to ease the symptoms: painkillers, hormonal contraceptives, a hysterectomy or surgery that cuts away the patches of endometriosis tissue.
Natalie Keates, from Buckingham, was 17 when she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She explains that “this past year has been extremely difficult. I’ve experienced depression and anxiety due to my illness”.
She continued that “I haven’t been able to go out with my friends as much due to panic attacks beforehand, all created by my endometriosis and how low it makes me feel. I’m still not okay and living with this is hard, but I do the best I can. This is my normal”.
Many women who struggle with endometriosis can develop feelings of depression. If you are facing these emotions, do not hesitate to call your GP, or get in touch with Endometriosis UK, a support group for women who are afflicted by this condition.
Endometriosis UK stated that the disease “devastates the lives of women and their families. We help them take back control. We’re here to provide vital support services, reliable information and a community for those affected by endometriosis”.
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If you believe you may be suffering, call the Endometriosis UK helpline: 0808 8082227, or call Trescobeas surgery, Falmouth: 01326 3156