Is this normal? Educating young women about endo.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

1 in 10 women of reproductive age across the UK have endometriosis. That is over 1.5 million women. Endometriosis UK research shows that it takes an average of 7.5 years from first developing symptoms to diagnosis. Much of this can be put down to lack of awareness of the condition that affects as many women as diabetes and is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK.

To reduce the delay in diagnosis, teenagers and young women need to be made more aware of what is considered normal, how they can help themselves and when they should consult somebody else.

Symptoms of endometriosis can start as early as the first period, however; around 50% of girls who experience severe period pains in the first few years of menstruation will find this settles down with time. But for the remaining 50%, further action is needed.

Endometriosis UK helps promote awareness of endometriosis in teenage girls via their ‘Is it Normal?’ campaign leaflets. These leaflets aim to make teenagers aware of what is ‘normal’ and what is not when they begin their menstrual cycle.

How can I get involved?

Our posters and leaflets (available to download below) designed by long-time endometriosis campaigner, Kaye Sedgwick are available for download and distribution.

Download the campaign leaflets and poster

 Is this normal? Campaign poster

 Is this normal? About my periods Leaflet (for print)

 Is this normal? About endometriosis Leaflet (for print)