Thousands share devastating impact of Endometriosis
Endometriosis: Thousands share devastating impact of condition
An Article by the BBC reports that more than 13,500 women have taken part in BBC research revealing the devastating effect of endometriosis.
According the report, “Half said they had had suicidal thoughts, and many said they rely on highly addictive painkillers. Most also said endometriosis – involving painful periods – had badly affected their education, career and relationships.”
Endometriosis UK helped gather the responses and MPs are set to launch an inquiry into women’s experiences of endometriosis following this research. Heavy periods are mentioned as something that endometriosis can cause.
Anna Turley MP, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Endometriosis which will carry out the inquiry, said: “It wasn’t until I was hospitalised and had the diagnosis that I realised how little attention endometriosis receives, how limited research funding is, and how many women are misdiagnosed.” She said the data gave “millions of affected women a voice” and the APPG would be calling on the government to act.
The article includes case studies and also a quote from Emma Cox of Endometriosis UK: “It cannot be overstated the devastating impact this condition is clearly having on people’s physical and mental health. Without investment in research, a reduction in diagnosis time – which averages at a shocking 7.5 years – and better access to pain management, women will continue to face huge barriers in accessing the right treatment at the right time.”
Link to the article is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49897873 [bbc.co.uk]
The BBC study has also been covered in:
The Independent: Endometriosis Inquiry To Be Launched After Thousands Of Women Reveal Debilitating Impact Of Condition
and The Sun: ENDO HELL – Millions of endometriosis sufferers plagued by suicidal thoughts – as MPs launch inquiry