New stats from Endometriosis UK this week for Endometriosis Awareness Month revealed that 62% of women and girls would put off going to a doctor with symptoms of endometriosis. The reasons cited 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.
Endometriosis UK says it is vital that Governments, society, the NHS and workplaces wake-up and recognise the symptoms and impact endometriosis can have, and afford those with the condition the support and access to treatment they need to manage their symptoms.
Commenting on the research, Dr Edward Morris, President at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:
“It’s very worrying to hear that women and girls are suffering in silence with symptoms such as heavy periods and pain during sex instead of going to see their doctor. The stigma around periods has meant that many girls and women don’t feel comfortable speaking about them and a lack of education has meant they aren’t sure what a ‘healthy’ period looks like.
“As an endometriosis surgeon in Norwich, I’m carrying out research to understand why it takes on average eight years for women to receive a diagnosis. Part of this is due to the huge gender data gap that exists with conditions such as endometriosis and a lack of awareness of the symptoms that can suggest endometriosis amongst women and those that care for them.
“We would encourage any women and girls suffering from any of the symptoms such as chronic pelvic pain, painful periods or painful bladder and bowel movements to discuss it with their GP and ask to be referred to a gynaecologist if they are still concerned. The COVID-19 pandemic may have put you off seeking help but please be assured health services are still open and you are not an inconvenience.”
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