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University event to shed light on endometriosis

The University of Wolverhampton is hosting an endometriosis event aimed at educating people about the condition.

Endometriosis causes tissue similar to the uterine lining to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, according to the NHS. It can cause severe pain and make it more difficult to become pregnant.

A study by Endometriosis UK shows that it takes an average of eight years to diagnose. But a new test being developed at the University of Hull could cut this to just days.

A screening of a film called Below the Belt will explore the condition and will be followed by a question and answer session with women’s health experts at the free event on the Springfield Campus on May 17, the university said.

The expert panel includes Dr Rosamund Malhas, a gynecologist at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, Clare Roberts Malloy, chief executive of the charity Periods Matter, and Lauren Kate, an artist and researcher with lived experience of endometriosis.

The film explores the condition from the patient’s perspective and aims to support those who have been diagnosed, those who have not yet been diagnosed, and their friends and family, the university said.

“We are passionate about promoting period dignity, challenging stigma and supporting gynecological health awareness,” said Dr Debra Cureton, associate professor of equity in learning and teaching at the university.

“Endometriosis is a crippling and chronic condition experienced by approximately 190 million women worldwide, but there is no known cure yet,” she added.

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