Bad period pains? Could it be Endometriosis?

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Did you know that approximately 1.5 million women in the UK suffer from Endometriosis, the debilitating disease caused by the growth of tissue in or close to the womb, which can cause extreme pain and infertility?

Over the next five months we will be running a series of awareness raising events led by healthcare professionals, as well as women who have experienced Endometriosis.

These sessions will be held at The Living Centre in King’s Cross (which is behind The Francis Crick Institute at 2 Ossulston Street, NW1 1DF) and will be a safe space for women to share experiences and gain knowledge about the disease.

“Endometriosis is a condition which is not very well known” said Stephen Heard, Director of Healthwatch Camden.

“Women can live in severe pain for years, often decades or lifetimes. But because the onset of Endo can frequently happen in the teenage years, there is no benchmark for young women for what is ‘normal pain’ and what is ‘abnormal pain’ which must be investigated.”

“If you can’t always easily talk about your reproductive or menstrual health and compare notes with other women on pain levels and symptoms, it may be difficult to judge when to take action that will lead you to go to see your GP for investigation.”

 The classic symptoms of Endometriosis include:  

  • Painful periods
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Infertility
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Fatigue

If you have one or more of these symptoms it’s important to go to see your GP to clarify the cause of any symptoms, which may or may not be Endometriosis. It can be a good idea to ask to see if there is a GP at your practice who specialises in women’s health, and book in to see them. And remember you always have the right to ask for a female doctor.

Up and Coming Endo Events 

If you are interested in attending one of these events, all of which take place at The Living Centre in King’s Cross (2 Ossulston Street, NW1 1DF) please email info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk or call 0203 687 0015.

21 February Endometriosis 10am-12pm

Share your experience of Endometriosis, hear from other women and/or gain a better understanding of the condition.

20 March 10am-12pm Featuring reps from Endometriosis UK

Learn more about the condition and where you can get support from the national charity, Endometriosis UK.

17 April 10am-12pm Featuring a Psychologist in the South Camden Core Team

15 May 10-12pm Featuring a senior nurse in the South Camden Core Team

How do we live with a chronic health condition, such as Endometriosis? What are the coping strategies? And the services and support that is out there?

These two sessions will answer these questions.

Note: these sessions will be talking about chronic health conditions more generally, rather than Endometriosis specifically.

19 June 2024 10am-12pm

In our final session at the Living Centre, the focus will be on the later stages of Endometriosis diagnosis, treatments and any specialist knowledge that might be useful.

 

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