Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, recently met with North Highland support group for Endometriosis UK to point women to the services available. The North Highland support group covers Shetland and Orkney, and is open to anyone suffering from the debilitating disease.
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Symptoms, among others, include: painful or heavy periods, painful bowel movements and pelvic pain. It was highlighted to Ms Wishart that on average it takes eight and a half years to receive a diagnosis for endometriosis.
After the meeting Ms Wishart said:
“Endometriosis is an example of women’s health inequality which must be addressed. The length of time for diagnosis alone can seriously restrict the lives of sufferers.
“There also needs to be more understanding in schools and the workplace to recognise just how debilitating this can be for girls and women suffering from this disease. When girls miss one week in four from school that has a serious impact on their learning.
“Any one with endometriosis in Shetland and Orkney can reach out to the North Highland support group for support. And if you feel anything has changed in yourself I would urge you to see your GP.
“The North Highland support group for Endometriosis UK group can be found online and on Facebook.”