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  1. News Article
    A 23-year-old woman who begged doctors to remove her womb to relieve chronic pain says the surgery is being refused due to her age and childless status. Hannah Lockhart has endometriosis, a condition that can cause debilitating pain, heavy periods and infertility. Although she has always wanted her own children, Hannah says her daily pain is now so severe she wants a hysterectomy. "It's heartbreaking that just because I'm so young I have to keep suffering," she told the BBC's Evening Extra. Ms Lockhart, from Bangor in County Down, has been in hospital seven times in the pas
  2. News Article
    New stats from Endometriosis UK this week for Endometriosis Awareness Month reveal that 62% of women (aged 16-54) would put off going to a doctor with symptoms of endometriosis. Reasons include they don’t think it’s serious enough to bother a doctor with, they’d be embarrassed, they don’t think they’d be taken seriously, or they think symptoms including painful periods are normal. This statistic rises to 80% of 16-24-year-olds. 1.5 million UK women are currently living with endometriosis, with average diagnosis time standing at an unacceptable 8 years Endometriosis UK says it i
  3. News Article
    Endometriosis is not uncommon – in fact, it’s believed to affect one in 10 women/people who menstruate. Yet it’s still widely misunderstood, and those affected can struggle for years before getting proper help. Because it’s associated with the menstrual cycle (it occurs when cells similar to those that grow in the womb lining grow outside the womb too, resulting in inflammation, scar tissue or adhesions and blood-filled cysts/endometriomas), it’s often dismissed as being ‘just bad periods’. But endometriosis is a medical condition which can have a huge impact. To mark Endometriosis M
  4. Content Article
    Claire was waiting for her diagnosed 14 years. Now she describes how she manages the condition. Lauren's symptoms were overlooked for many years and it wasn't until she experienced a ruptured cyst that she was diagnosed. Melissa experienced endometriosis symptoms from a very young age, before finally being diagnosed at 18. Learn how Stephanie was diagnosed with endometriosis and how she took action afterwards.
  5. News Article
    In ‘Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed For Men’ author Caroline Criado Perez writes about Rachael, a woman who suffered years of severe and incapacitating pain during her period. It takes, on average, eight years for women in the UK to obtain a diagnoses of endometriosis. In fact, for over a decade, there has been no improvement in diagnostic times for women living with the debilitating condition. You might think, given the difficulty so many women experience in having their symptoms translated into a diagnosis, that endometriosis is a rare condition that doctors per
  6. News Article
    Endometriosis care across the UK needs urgent improvement and diagnosis times need to be cut in half, a report by MPs says. It found an average wait for a diagnosis was eight years and that has not improved in more than a decade. Endometriosis affects one in 10 women in the UK and causes debilitating pain, very heavy periods and infertility. Nadine Dorries, minister for women's health, said awareness was increasing but there was still a long way to go. More than 10,000 people took part in the All-Party Political Group inquiry which found that 58% of people visited the GP more th
  7. Content Article
    Key findings - Average diagnosis times for endometriosis have not improved in over a decade – it still takes 8 years on average to get a diagnosis; - Prior to getting a diagnosis and with symptoms: 58% visited their GP more than 10 times 43% visited doctors in hospital over 5 times 53% visited A&E; - Once diagnosed, only 19% know if they are seen in an endometriosis specialist centre; - 90% would have liked access to psychological support, but were not offered this. Recommendations In order to support those with endometriosis, the APPG has calle
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