On Monday 1 November, MPs attended a debate on research into endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in Westminster Hall - we hope this will be the first step towards improved support for those with the conditions.
Endometriosis UK and our colleagues at PCOS charity Verity are very grateful to the nearly 6,000 supporters who wrote to their MPs urging them to attend – in the end, every one of the UK's 650 MPs were contacted about the issue. We are also grateful that many supporters have shared their MPs' responses with us - this feedback is really useful for our ongoing engagement.
It was good to hear supporters saying they took heart from MPs showing that they believe and take seriously the experiences of the endometriosis community - one of our longstanding volunteers told us they were in tears listening to the proceedings.
During the debate, tributes were paid to the late Sir David Amess, a key supporter of the community – find out more about the work he did here.
Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK, said: "Your support in lobbying MPs to attend Monday's debate was vital to ensuring the condition gets attention - thank you to everyone who got involved. We were pleased to hear powerful speeches both from MPs we have engaged with before, and others whom we look forward to getting to know. But this is not the end - we and Verity will continue to work hard to ensure this debate is the catalyst for change".