The most comprehensive handbook of up-to-date advice and information for sufferers of Endometriosis, a debilitating disease which affects approximately one in ten women.
Endometriosis is a painful and debilitating disease that is now believed to affect as many as 1 in 10 women through their menstruating years. Some women may find that endometriosis has little effect on their daily lives, but for others it can be devastating. Simply getting diagnosed can be frustrating for many women, especially teenagers and younger women, as endometriosis can present a bewildering array of symptoms, including:
* severe period pain
* painful intercourse
* pelvic pain
* ovulation pain
* heavy bleeding
* lower back pain
* bowel or bladder symptoms
In this new edition of their authoritative guide, Ros Wood and Lorraine Henderson offer comprehensive yet easy-to-understand advice that will enable women with endometriosis to understand this complex disease. They provide up-to-date information, clearly laid out to enable women to make informed choices about their treatment and lifestyle.
Each chapter deals with a separate issue of concern for women with endometriosis:
* What is endometriosis?
* Getting diagnosed
* What medical, surgical or complementary therapies are available to me?
* How can I manage my pain?
* How do I build a relationship with my doctor?
* Teenagers and endometriosis
* Coping strategies: for me, my partner, my family and friends
Ros and Lorraine both have extensive knowledge of endometriosis. They co-founded the first endometriosis support group in Australia in 1984 and were co-authors of the first edition of Explaining Endometriosis.
Lorraine Henderson is a registered nurse and has suffered from endometriosis. She co-founded the first endometriosis support group in 1984 and since then has given information and support to thousands of women. In 1992 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for 'service to women's health, especially endometriosis'.
Ros Wood co-founded the Endometriosis Association (Victoria) in 1984 and has been a key member since. She writes information articles and leaflets for the Association and has supervised or conducted several research projects on the diagnosis of endometriosis and the experiences of women with the disease.