Endometriosis can end women’s careers and stall their education. That’s everyone’s business

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  • Women seeking a diagnosis of endometriosis through surgery need time off to recover and might find themselves having more surgeries in the future.
  • A study has found that women who had surgery for endometriosis were 85% more likely to be unemployed three years after their diagnosis than before it.
  • Policymakers, doctors and employers should acknowledge women with “suspected” endometriosis need just as much support as those with surgically diagnosed endometriosis.

The Coalition has announced a A$58 million funding package to improve endometriosis diagnosis, care and treatment.

This would see new specialised endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics set up in each state and territory, expanded Medicare-funded medical imaging for the condition, and support for women who manage endometriosis with their GP, among other measures.

This announcement would benefit the estimated one in nine Australian women with endometriosis.

However, endometriosis is not just a medical issue. Our recently published research shows there’s a high chance that women surgically diagnosed with endometriosis will leave the workforce.

READ MORE | 25 reasons why you’ve got period symptoms but no period

Remind me, what is endometriosis?

Endometriosis causes inflammation when tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows throughout the body.

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