In a decision celebrated by women across the nation this month, the Australian Government announced that it will implement the first national action plan for endometriosis. The new plan aims to improve the awareness, understanding and treatment for condition which affects an estimated 1 in 10 Australian women. A number similar to that of diabetes get which currently receives about 5% of the funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council. The lack of awareness also leaves suffers undiagnosed for an average eight to nine years.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition where the endometrium, which is normally found in the uterus forming part of the uterine lining, is found outside the uterus. This misplaced endometrial tissue can be found anywhere but is most commonly found on the ovaries, in the fallopian tubes, the outer wall of the uterus, the ligaments of the uterus or ovaries, in the bowel, the ureters or the bladder.
Depending on the placement and severity, endometriosis can significantly impact fertility.
A call for more research into endometriosis will be issued starting with $160,000 in immediate funding for continued research into the use of genomics to investigate better treatment strategies.
For more information, watch this informative webinar as I speak with renowned Naturopath, Author and International Speaker Leah Hechtman about ways to overcome endometriosis