The Victorian Government today launched a range of new resources produced by Jean Hailes for Women's Health that will help raise awareness and manage the symptoms of endometriosis and menopause.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition that is estimated to affect one in 10 women of reproductive age. It occurs when cells similar to those found in the lining of the uterus grow outside it. These cells respond to menstrual cycle hormones and cause bleeding at the same time as the menstrual period. Women with endo, as it's often called, can have painful and heavy periods, chronic pain, painful sex and issues with fertility. As the symptoms can be broad and difficult to pinpoint, diagnosis can sometimes take more than six years.
Menopause is the final menstrual period. Most women reach menopause between 45 and 55 years of age. Physical and emotional symptoms can vary greatly, but include night sweats, hot flushes, itchy skin, lowered mood and trouble sleeping.
"These new resources are designed to give more women the knowledge they need to seek out the right support sooner and start important conversations with doctors about management," says Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos.
"We congratulate the Victorian Government and Minister Mikakos on recognising the importance of raising awareness around endometriosis and menopause," says David Lloyd, CEO of Jean Hailes.
"At Jean Hailes for Women's Health, we believe in the power of education. It's important for us to talk about our health and the health issues of those around us, both at home and in the workplace. These new resources help open up the conversation."
The comprehensive range includes new booklets on endometriosis, menopause and one on premature and early menopause. As well as new factsheets on these topics – and a new factsheet on perimenopause, the time leading up to menopause – there are eight fact sheets for both endometriosis and menopause translated into languages including Mandarin, Vietnamese and Arabic. A new animated video explores premature and early menopause.
A full list of the new resources can be found here.
Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation. We have a unique model, built on four pillars: education and knowledge exchange; clinical care; research; and policy. We aim to translate the latest scientific and medical evidence to help inspire positive change in women and girls by improving their physical health and wellbeing. Jean Hailes produces evidence-based information reviewed by clinicians. In 2016, Jean Hailes was officially recognised as the Federal Government's national digital gateway for women's health.
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