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Jane Bates: Time to raise the profile of endometriosis

Delays in diagnosing endometriosis are causing misery and pain for many women and costing the NHS a fortune in unnecessary investigations. 
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Delays in diagnosing endometriosis are causing misery and pain for many women and costing the NHS a fortune in unnecessary investigations

‘I never thought I would be standing on Westminster Bridge shouting about periods,’ said a friend. She had taken part in a march to raise the profile of endometriosis and draw attention to the importance of early diagnosis of this life-changing, fertility-wrecking, career-destroying condition.

Endometriosis affects 10% of women of child-bearing age. It is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK, yet it takes an average of 7.5 years from the onset of symptoms to obtain a diagnosis.

No wonder so many women were out there demanding to be taken seriously, because all too often this is

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