Julie-Anne Genter yesterday launched the new best-practice and guidelines for endometriosis in New Zealand as we mark the beginning of Endometriosis Awareness Month (March).

Endometriosis affects over 10% of New Zealand women and girls, causing debilitating pelvic pain, bowel and fertility problems, as well as their overall wellbeing.

“Endometriosis and pelvic pain are serious issues for many women and girls and our health system needs to do better,” said Julie Anne Genter.

“We want to ensure women and girls don’t suffer in silence and they get the treatment they need as early as possible.”

A diagnosis can often take as long as up to eight years. The new guidance promotes early recognition, supports primary health care practitioners to begin a diagnosis and begin management early.

The new best-practice and guidelines have been developed by Endometriosis New Zealand, members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the Faculty of Pain Medicine of Australia and the New Zealand College of Anaethetists.

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