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RCOG statement on Endometriosis Awareness Week

News 4 March 2013

This week marks Endometriosis Awareness Week (4–10 March 2013) which aims to promote a greater awareness and understanding of Endometriosis.

More than 1.5 million women in the UK currently suffer from Endometriosis and it can take several years for a woman to get a conclusive diagnosis via laparoscopy, due to the varying symptoms and similarity of symptoms with other illnesses.

This year, Endometriosis UK, a national charity supporting women living with the condition has launched the campaign, ‘Don’t take it lying down’, raising awareness of the condition and promoting a greater understanding of the impact it can have on women’s lives. They are also promoting a patients’ Consultation Questionnaire in order to help reduce delays in diagnosis.

Bruce Ramsay, RCOG spokesperson said:

“Endometriosis is a very common condition, however, for many women it can take years to get a diagnosis. This is because there is no simple non-invasive test for endometriosis and no one symptom or set of symptoms can definitely confirm the condition. The symptoms of endometriosis are common and could be caused by a number of other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

“Endometriosis can affect many aspects of a woman’s life including her general physical health, emotional wellbeing, relationships, fertility and daily routine. It is therefore important that women provide their doctor with as much information as possible about their symptoms to speed up the diagnosis process and enable women, alongside the help and advice of healthcare professionals, to decide on the best treatment options. This treatment must be individualised, taking the clinical problem in its entirety into account, including the impact of the disease and the effect of its treatment on quality of life.”

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For further information, please contact the RCOG Media and PR team on +44 20 7772 6300 or email pressoffice@rcog.org.uk

For further information, please read the RCOG Patient Information on Endometriosis and the RCOG Green-top Guideline Endometriosis, Investigation and Management or visit the Endometriosis UK website.