Do you suffer or know anyone who suffers from endometriosis?
Not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health have recently made available a range of online educational resources, to help women deal with this often chronic condition that affects their reproductive organs. Women with ‘endo’, as it’s often called, can have painful and heavy periods, chronic soreness, painful sex and issues with fertility.
As the symptoms can be broad and difficult to pinpoint, diagnosis can sometimes take more than six years. The resources, available in print and online, include a pre- and post-diagnosis brochure, a pain and symptom diary that women can use to record their cycle, making it easier to show doctors their symptoms and concerns, and a tool to assist health professionals in the assessment and management of endometriosis.
If you’ve been newly diagnosed or are having trouble navigating the cause and treatment of endo, the Jean Hailes online video ‘Back to Basics: Endometriosis’ has simple explanations of symptoms and available treatments. More tools are available on the website.
Image by: Maarten Deckers
This article first appeared in CHILD Mags April 2017 issues.