Endometriosis is an extremely painful chronic condition that affects 1 in 10 women and unmeasured numbers of transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse individuals. There is currently no cure.
Endometriosis can cause debilitating pelvic pain with periods, ovulation, and intercourse. In some cases, endometriosis can lead to infertility. All of which deeply impacts quality of life and intimate partner relationships.
The average delay in diagnosis for endometriosis is 5.4 years but sometimes it can take up to 20 years. Diagnosis gives comfort – people can finally understand what is causing their pain and can start the course to receiving appropriate treatment.
Over the past 10 years, thanks to donor funding, the team at the Centre for Pelvic Pain + Endometriosis has been committed to addressing the gap in knowledge and outcomes for this chronic disease. Research and awareness are what will result in this disease not only being diagnosed sooner, but treated uniquely for each woman’s circumstances.
With still so much to learn about endometriosis and still so many women who continue to suffer, BC Women’s Health Foundation invites you to help make a difference today.