Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month

04 March, 2024

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness of this disease that affects 1 in 9 Australian women, and many others who are transgender or gender diverse, or remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

This month, to raise awareness of the condition, we will share with you the stories and voices of Australians who support patients and those who have or specialise in the condition.

Personal story, Ava’s journey

Ava, who had been experiencing severe period pain and irregular cycles since adolescence, sought help from her GP at 23. Despite an ultrasound revealing a thickened endometrium, no diagnosis or plan was provided. Dissatisfied, she self-referred to the Evoca Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic.

Through comprehensive diagnostic tests it was confirmed that Ava had endometriosis and polycystic ovaries, marking her first chronic condition diagnosis after years of suffering. Treatment, including medication and a management plan, was initiated. Follow-up appointments monitored progress and considered additional therapies like pelvic pain physiotherapy.

Ava's symptoms improved significantly, marking a positive shift in her quality of life and outlook.

Some resources for practitioners:

About Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics:

These GP-led clinics offer a range of services, embracing a holistic approach to care and are accessible to anyone experiencing pelvic pain with a uterus, the clinics have no exclusion criteria, prioritising individuals holding a healthcare card. Patients can either self-refer or seek referral from their GP. Whether individuals already have a diagnosis of endometriosis or adenomyosis or are yet to receive one, the clinics welcome all, with staff available for discussions to identify appropriate presentations and conditions.

For locations and contact details: Endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics | Eastern Melbourne PHN (emphn.org.au)

For referral guidance including Statewide Referral Criteria for Endometriosis: Non-acute Gynaecology Referral (> 24 hours) HealthPathways Melbourne