Endometriosis – did you know that?
In the UK, around 1.5 million women and those assigned female at birth are currently living with endometriosis, regardless of race or ethnicity.
In Nottingham, an estimated 30,000 women are living with endometriosis.
Endometriosis is the name given to the condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape. This can cause inflammation, pain and the formation of scar tissue.
Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a person’s life in a number of ways, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Fatigue/lack of energy
- Problems with a couple’s sex life/relationships
- An inability to conceive
- Difficulty in fulfilling work and social commitments
There is currently no specialist endometriosis clinic in Nottingham! People have to travel to neighbouring cities to get treatment. This is particularly stressful especially for those that have care responsibilities or have to use public transport.
Nottingham Women’s Centre is thinking of hosting an endometriosis awareness session, find out more by hitting the button below:
Have you read our issues papers and campaigning updates?
Nottingham Women’s Centre publishes issues papers twice a year to highlight issues that impact women in the city and make women’s voices heard.
Some of the current issues are the lack of endometriosis clinic in Nottingham; the cost of living crisis; people struggling to pay council tax; the impacts of the use of alcohol tags on women; and the unaffordability of child care and its impact on women’s ability to get back to work.
To read our issues papers and campaigning updates hit the button below: