• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Call for action on endometriosis

A campaign is being launched this week to improve the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis, a painful disease linked to infertility.

Medical experts will raise awareness of the condition, which affects one in 10 ­Scottish women of childbearing age, at an event at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.

Representatives from Endometriosis UK, academics from Edinburgh University and patients will make the case for the development of at least four specialist treatment centres.

The disease causes tissue similar to the lining of the uterus to grow elsewhere in the body, such as the pelvis, ovaries and bladder. The growths can cause inflammation and severe pain, and lead to infertility in up to 40% of those affected.

Campaigners say women in Scotland wait an average of seven years before they are diagnosed correctly and current treatments often prove ineffective and have unpleasant side effects.

Dr Andrew Horne, consultant gynaecologist at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh, said: "It is fantastic that the Scottish Government are listening to medical practitioners, researchers and sufferers of endometriosis."

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

216608