16 Dec '11, 7am

Young women not seeking early help for womb disease

Young women not seeking early help for womb disease

SINGAPORE: One in 10 Singapore women suffers from endometriosis. It's a condition where cells from the womb lining grow in other areas of the body, like the ovaries or bowels. This causes extreme pain, and in severe cases, infertility. The National University Hospital conducted a study on endometriosis in young local women aged 14 to 25. It's the first study of its kind in South East Asia. The study found that eight in 10 young women with the condition have suffered from severe pain during menstruation. But only one in 10 sought medical help after enduring the pain for two to four years. Head of Benign Gynaecology at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the National University Health System, Dr Fong Yoke Fai said this is largely due to a lack of awareness of the disease. "People can have menstrual cramps, but normal menstrual cramps should not affect your work e...

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