Yorkshire women living with endometriosis have told this newspaper about the devastating effect the chronic condition has had on their lives.
They talk of the mental toll, the physical pain and the impact on work and relationships. One described the condition as a “hidden epidemic”, largely silently endured.
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Their stories are sadly representative of thousands of women up and down the country. On average, it takes seven and a half years for women to get a diagnosis, a simply unacceptable length of time to be left in the dark with debilitating symptoms and, often, no treatment to ease them.
MPs are now launching an inquiry into women’s experiences of endometriosis. Whilst this is a welcome step, urgent action must also be taken to invest in research, reduce diagnosis times, and improve access to treatment.
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With around 1.5 million women in the UK affected, no cure and no known cause, this is a condition that must not be ignored.