Conditions such as endometriosis are very common, but too many women put up with the effects or fail to get the help they need due to a lack of awareness. Knowing what is normal when it comes to periods and being able to recognise endometriosis symptoms could save many women from long years of pain and suffering.
Menstrual Health and Sex Education
One way to improve awareness of endometriosis symptoms and menstrual health in general would be to teach it in schools alongside sex education. At the moment, girls tend to get a little bit of information about periods, but not enough to recognise when something is wrong. Boys usually learn even less about the menstrual cycle, which can make it harder for them to talk about periods or help when their partners or relatives are in pain. However, Australian schoolchildren may soon be learning about endometriosis and other conditions as work is underway to improve sex and health education. It could help to prevent these young women from enduring endometriosis without seeking help in the same way as their mothers’ generation.
What You Should Know About Endometriosis
Teaching young people more about menstrual health could enable them to get the care they need, but it is also important for other women to be aware of the effects of endometriosis:
- 1 in 10 women of reproductive age is affected by endometriosis.
- It takes an average of 8-9 years for women to get a diagnosis.
- Endometriosis symptoms can include severe pain, heavy periods, and fertility problems.
- Symptoms can appear at any time, but may happen as soon as a girl gets her first period, so early education about menstrual health is important.
- There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatment can relieve symptoms and tackle complications such as infertility.