March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!
Endometriosis is the UK's second most common gynaecological condition and at least 1 in 10 women suffer from it (this is probably actually a higher proportion as many women never get diagnosed). However, only 20% of the adult population have even heard of it!
So what is it? Endometriosis is a condition whereby tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is found elsewhere in the body - such as the ovaries, appendix, bladder, bowels and lungs. As endometrial tissue breaks down each month, this can cause agonising pain, often heavy bleeding and organ function issues.
40-50% of all female infertility cases are thought to have endometriosis as at least part of the problem and many women are struggling just to even function day to day, with many having to take so much time off work due to their pain levels that they are losing their jobs.
Despite all this, it is still unclear what actually causes endometriosis and there is no real cure. What's more, on average it takes 7.5 years for a woman to be diagnosed!
Endometriosis and reflexology: Many women come to reflexology long term to have treatments to support their condition as they feel that for them it helps to manage the symptoms, including pain or heavy periods. Personally, I have undergone additional training in reflexology for women's health and this includes methods and protocols to support women with endometriosis.
To find out more about reflexology and endometriosis, please feel free to contact me for more information.