What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common condition – chronic disease affecting as many as 10% (1 in 10) of people of reproductive age globally. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining, called the endometrium, grows outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvis, ovaries and the surface of the peritoneum. These growths may cause pain and, in some instances, infertility.
Endometriosis can negatively affect
every aspect of a patient's daily life, including:
It takes an average of 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment,
and this diagnostic delay has a negative impact on the health-related quality of life.
The FEMaLE project is aimed at increasing education and disease awareness for patients, healthcare providers, and the public to remove stigma associated with endometriosis. It will bring forward a deeper understanding of such a complex disease as endometriosis is through evidence-based public health campaigns and training programs for healthcare providers that will improve knowledge and address the existing stigma.