I was delighted to be asked to join an Endometriosis UK support group last night to talk about fertility treatment and support. If you have endometriosis, I’d really recommended checking out Endometriosis UK and the excellent support they can offer.
The online group ran really smoothly and efficiently, and they also have support groups running across the country and an online community too. They have lots of incredibly useful information on their website, and do a lot of work to raise awareness of endometriosis, which often goes undiagnosed.
It was great to be able to talk to some of the members last night – inevitably our discussions came round to the postcode lottery of access to fertility treatment and we talked about the realities of going through IVF and getting support amongst many other things. Thank you to all at Endometriosis UK for asking me to join you!
Scottish researchers have found that women who have endometriosis have an increased risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, and a greater risk of complications later in pregnancy.
The team from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary led by Dr Lucky Saraswat carried out a nationwide study using data from hospitals, looking at more than 14,000 women. They believe the increased risk could be due to inflammation caused by endometriosis and changes it causes in the environment in the pelvis and womb.
What does it mean for me if I have endometriosis?
This doesn’t mean that everyone who has endometriosis will automatically have a problem when they get pregnant – just that there is an increased risk which it is good to be aware of. The researchers from Aberdeen have suggested that women with endometriosis should be monitored more carefully during early pregnancy, and advised about the risks of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy as well as complications.
You can find out more about the research here
Today millions of women around the world will be marching to try to raise awareness of endometriosis, giving all those who are affected by the condition an opportunity to get together and make their voices heard. It’s called the Million Women March, and in London it will be taking place between 12:00pm and 3:00pm in London’s Kensington Gardens.
You do need to be signed up to join in, but it’s never too late to do what you can to raise awareness of a condition which affects about 1.5 million women in the UK alone. Endometriosis can be painful and exhausting and can make it hard to conceive. You can find much more information about the march and about endometriosis at www.endometriosis-uk.org. Meanwhile to everyone taking part in the Million Women March, have a great day!