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Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and the Community Health and Wellbeing Team at Nintirri would like to acknowledge the 700,000 women who are affected by this painful condition in Australia.

The figure could be even higher because ‘endo’, as it’s commonly known, is difficult to diagnose; on average it takes 7-12 years for a woman to be given a diagnosis.

Endometriosis can affect women and girls, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people assigned female at birth, regardless of age, background or lifestyle.

The condition occurs when cells similar to those found in the lining of the uterus grow in other parts of the body. The symptoms can include uncomfortable sex (dyspareunia), pelvic pain and particularly heavy periods (dysmenorrhoea).

Endometriosis can be particularly isolating, being a gynaecological condition that can cause debilitating pain, employment challenges and social hurdles.

People living with endometriosis in regional and remote areas are likely to face additional challenges such as limited services, long commutes and isolation just to name a few, which is why access to support, connection and education is so important.

If you are suffering from Endometriosis, the Community Health & Wellbeing Team at Nintirri can offer support and guidance.

To book an appointment with the Women’s Health Nurse, contact office.manager@nintirri.org.au

There are also the below resources and support available:

https://www.nowtolove.com.au/health/body/emma-wiggle-endometriosis-advice-57843

https://www.facebook.com/EndometriosisWA/

https://www.endomarchaustralia.org.au/

PODCAST

https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org/podcast

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