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What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb (endometrial cells) are found outside of the uterus, such as in the ovaries, fallopian tubes or bowels.

The symptoms of endometriosis and their severity vary person to person. Someone with endometriosis might also experience:

- Pelvic pain, which can feel like pain in your tummy or lower back

- Period pain that stops you doing normal activities

- Heavy periods

- Pain during or after sex

- Pain when peeing or pooing during your period

- Constipation, diarrhoea or blood in your pee during your period

- Difficulty getting pregnant

It affects one in 10 women of reproductive age but, despite how common it is, far too many women are still suffering without a diagnosis. Why? Well, partly because the symptoms and the severity of the symptoms vary so much from person to person. And partly it's due to systematic factors that often lead to women's health issues being brushed off. In particular, severe period pain is too often dismissed as something women should just have to get on with.

It can take years to get a diagnosis of endometriosis and in the meantime, people are forced to cope with severe and sometimes debilitating pain. But it shouldn’t be this way. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, please do get in touch with your healthcare professional. You might like to keep a diary of your symptoms to how your doctor.

Because no one should have to just suck up a condition like endometriosis. Bottom line.