What is Endo?
Endometriosis (endo) is suffered by one in ten women.
The condition affects approximately 7-10% of Australian women of reproductive age, with over 758,000 Australian women suffering from endometriosis at some point in their life. Endo can cause pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, nausea and vomiting, bloating, fatigue and sometimes infertility.
It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endo are subfertile.
Globally there is a diagnostic delay of between 7-12 years because of lack of awareness, normalising of symptoms and lack of menstrual education.
Many women never get a diagnosis despite suffering symptoms.
Endo is not infectious.
The only way to diagnose endo for sure is during a laparoscopy, which is a small surgical procedure. There is no cure for endo although treatments may alleviate symptoms.