Improve the access to endometriosis experts within local GP's.

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Endometriosis is a life changing condition affecting 1 in 10 woman of a reproductive age.

In the UK alone around 1.5 million woman are living with endometriosis, making it the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK.

Costing the UK economy over £8.2bn a year, in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs, endometriosis is an incurable chronic condition where cells in the lining of the womb appear outside of the womb, in places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes or elsewhere in the pelvic area.

Diagnosing endometriosis is not as simple as diagnosing something like a ‘broken leg’ and it can take over seven and a half years for a woman to be diagnosed with the condition. We believe this lengthy diagnostic process will shorten if more GP's are aware of what endometriosis really is.

Living with this complex condition, which affects almost the same amount of woman who suffer with diabetes in the UK, is no easy feat and can leave sufferers facing day-to-day struggles. Anything from pelvic pain, heavy periods and infertility, to being unable to work or socialise, the list of challenges is endless.

Not all GP's are aware or have a true understanding of what endometriosis is. This means women have to seek help form Gynaecologists or endometriosis specialists to help deal with the condition. Although a GP cannot diagnose someone with a condition like endometriosis, they could be given the tools to know what the condition is and what advice to give someone who has, or who may have the condition, instead of mistreating it for something like a 'heavy period'.

Diagnosing any condition often starts with going to a GP. Therefore, if GP's were given a better understanding of the condition, through expert advice, the diagnostic process of seven and a half years may decrease. Alternatively, if there was more access to endometriosis experts within local GP's then the diagnostic process would likely shorten.

Please sign the petition to improve the access to endometriosis experts within local GP’s.