Wednesday 24 April 2019

Living with endometriosis

ABOUT one in 10 women suffers from endo-metriosis, a long-term illness which can cause extreme chronic pain and loss of fertility.

The condition means small pieces of the womb lining (the endometrium) are found outside the womb. This could be in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, bowel, vagina or rectum.

There is no known cure for endometriosis-but the symptoms can often be managed with painkillers or hormone treatments, which help prevent the condition from interfering with life. Surgery can sometimes be used to improve symptoms and fertility.

A healthy diet can improve energy levels and help regulate bowel movements and sleep patterns.

Pregnancy can reduce the symptoms of endometriosis, although symptoms often return.

The Endo-metriosis Assoc-iation of Ireland is inviting anyone who wants to learn more about the condition to attend its annual information day, Living Well with Endometriosis, on March 9 from 1pm-4pm at the Lucan Spa Hotel, Dublin.

Writer Anna McPartlin, who has written and spoken publicly about her own experiences of living with endometriosis, will launch the event.

Mo'iad Alazzam, a consultant gynaecological surgeon and oncologist at the Galway Clinic, will speak about medical and surgical treatments.

Kathleen King, Medical Laboratory Scientist at Letterkenny General Hos-pital, acupuncture practitioner and endometriosis sufferer, will give insights on living positively with endometriosis.

To pre-register, or for more information, email info@endo.ie, text 086-320 3855, or go to facebook.com/EndoIreland. Entry fee: €2 at the door.

Irish Independent

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