What is endometriosis?
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding endometriosis – a debilitating, painful condition that affects one in 10 women during their reproductive years. In endometriosis, a type of tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus begins growing elsewhere in the body – the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and even the intestines – where it can cause ongoing pain and even infertility. The pain can be excruciating, explains Dr Piraye Yurttas Beim.
Endometriosis is more common than people realise
The condition is distressingly common: around the world, approximately 200 million women of reproductive age suffers from endometriosis to some degree. That’s 11 per cent of women in Australia alone.
Doctors may not understand it
“Despite being among the most prevalent of diseases, the condition remains under-addressed and inadequately treated at every level of our healthcare system,” explains surgical program director, Heather C. Guidone. “A legacy of inaccuracies about endometriosis continues to be shared by doctors to patients, parents to adolescents, and media to the public, contributing significantly towards continued diagnostic delays, high treatment failures, and limited access to specialty care.”