Endometriosis awareness program rolled out in SA schools in national first

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Endometriosis awareness program rolled out in SA schools in national first

Key points:

  • It is estimated 500,000 women in Australia live with endometriosis
  • The awareness program is being rolled out in 80 South Australian schools
  • After the pilot program many girls were diagnosed

An Adelaide woman who had her appendix removed and endured years of chronic pain before being diagnosed with endometriosis is sharing her story with South Australian students in a bid to raise awareness about the condition.

An estimated 500,000 women around Australia live with the condition, which occurs when the tissue that normally lines the cavity of the uterus grows in other parts of the pelvis and abdomen. It can cause chronic pain, bowel and bladder problems, fatigue, heavy periods and infertility. It often takes longer to diagnose than it should, meaning many women suffer when there are treatments available.

The new program is being rolled out at 80 schools across South Australia in an attempt to raise awareness and improve help-seeking. The program educates adolescent girls about what is normal and what is not normal pain and educating them about how they can seek help if they do have any issues, and talk about endometriosis and what the symptoms are.

The Periods, Pain, Endometriosis Program (PPEP) is being delivered through funding from the South Australian and Federal government and it is hoped the program will be rolled out nationally.