Endometriosis is a common condition which has a profound effect on the quality of life for women and their families. We are bringing together patients, clinicians and decision makers need to discuss how best to improve outcomes and quality of life for women who have endometrioses and their families
The exact cause of this condition remains unclear. Two things are certain: It does not relate to life-style, nor is it caused by sexually transmitted diseases.
The experience of women across Northern Ireland who suffer from endometriosis is not good. The physical and social costs of this condition are considerable, with significant absence from work, issues with body self-image, relationship difficulties and depression frequent occurrences.
Decision makers and clinicians need to work closely with patients and their families to develop a plan for endometriosis which will address the shortcomings of the existing services and ensure a responsive and effective service in the future.
Funding is scarce for new developments but many of the service improvements required do not need huge injections of funding but a different way of working.
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