Government commits to endometriosis action plan

A national action plan to better the treatment, diagnosis and awareness of endometriosis will soon be implemented, with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt apologising to women who suffer the debilitating medical condition.

Announced in December, the first National Action Plan for Endometriosis will provide much needed support for women who suffer the often misunderstood and under-diagnosed condition.

Affecting one in 10 women, according to Endometriosis Australia, endometriosis is a common disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. On average, it takes eight to nine years for a diagnosis.

Symptoms are variable and include pelvic pain that puts life on hold around or during a woman’s period. It can also damage fertility.

While endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs, it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain.

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