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The pandemic created additional problems for women with endometriosis

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The pandemic has caused particular distress to women suffering from the painful condition of the uterus, endometriosis, a leading physiotherapist has revealed.

Oife Ní Eochaidh, a licensed physiotherapist and clinical specialist in women’s health at Bon Secours Clinic in Galway, said she has seen a 50 per cent increase in women contacting her for assessment and treatment of the condition since the pandemic.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. The condition affects one in ten women in Ireland.

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when cells similar to those found in the lining of the uterus are found outside the uterus.

Women with endometriosis also report bloating, thigh pain, nausea, fatigue, heavy periods, and IBS symptoms.

Ms Ní Eochaidh said: “The pandemic has sadly brought home to many women with endometriosis how difficult it is to lead their lives without the freedom to travel, exercise and even walk because of their symptoms.

“Urgent trips to the bathroom have been a major concern for many women with endometriosis while exercising within their 5km pandemic exercise limit.

“Unfortunately, with many cafes and most public toilets closed at the time, many women were unable to leave their homes or feared bladder or bowel loss.

“This increased women with endometriosis’ fear of not being at home, and if they were out, they could easily access a toilet.”

Mrs Ní Eochaidh explained this urinary incontinence is a common symptom affecting one in three women. The prevalence of this problem increases with age, with up to 75 percent of women over the age of 65 reporting urinary leakage.

Globally, rates of chronic pelvic pain in women of childbearing age range from 14 to 32 percent. Between 13 and 32 percent of these women have pain so severe that they miss work.

Physical therapy can help with factors involved in pelvic pain, including low back and hip pain, bladder pain or urgency and leakage, and other complications.

Ms Ní Eochaidh said: “Help is available for women suffering from endometriosis and its terrible symptoms.

“Pelvic floor exercises can cure urinary incontinence 75 percent of the time and reduce pain in women.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/pandemic-caused-extra-issues-for-women-with-endometriosis-41493324.html The pandemic created additional problems for women with endometriosis

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