Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK affects one in ten women in the UK.

And most shockingly it takes an average of 7.5 years to get diagnosed with this painful condition.

Among the women who battle with condition is Coronation Street actress Kate Ford.

The news came to light when the 40-year-old – who plays Tracy Barlow on the hit soap – Tweeted her support for US singer Halsey – who also has suffers from the chronic condition.

Halsey described the pain of enduring multiple surgeries and highlighted the ‘debilitating’ nature of the disease via an Instagram post.

Today I braved multiple terrifying surgeries. The most important of which being the surgery that would hopefully treat my endometriosis. For those of you who have followed this battle of mine or who may suffer with it yourself, you know the extremes to which it can be mentally exhausting and physically painful. OK HONESTLY I'm in total agony right now 😜😜😜 (and I'm going to be in excruciating pain for a while cause I had quite the cocktail of procedures today). But in my recovery I am thinking of all of you and how you give me the strength and stamina to power through and prosper. If you suffer from chronic pain or a debilitating disease please know that I have found time to live a crazy, wild, rewarding life AND balance my treatment and I hope so much in my heart that you can too. I'm gonna be off the map for a few days but please know even if I'm not on social media I am thinking of you. #endowarrior #endometriosis 💛💛💛💛💛💛

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The classic symptoms of endometriosis are severe pain during or between periods; long, heavy or irregular periods; painful bowel movements; pain in the bladder and pain during or after sex. Extreme fatigue is very common, and fertility may be affected, although Kate already has a son Otis, eight, from her previous relationship with ex-hubby Jon Connerty.

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After marrying in October 2007, the pair announced their separation in September 2013. Speaking about the split at the time she said:

“We tried really hard to make it work. But it came to the point when we knew we had to get a divorce. Things had changed and it wasn’t what it was. But it was incredibly painful. For a while after we split, I found it hard to get out of bed. I wasn’t at work at the time, and I’d drop Otis off at school and go back to bed until I picked him up.”

Fellow celebs share their struggle with the condition

Among the other celebs suffering with endometriosis is Spice Girl Emma Bunton. The singer – who recently revealed she could be planning to expand her family – was diagnosed in 2004.

Speaking in 2010 she opened up about the “very painful condition”:

“When I was 25, I was diagnosed with endometriosis [a condition that can make it difficult to conceive]. It scared the life out of me.”

My favourite part of yesterday, home and happy! #TRICAwards #lovemyboys

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Kate and Emma join fellow A-lister’s suffering from the condition including Susan Sarandon and Dolly Parton.

Help and support

A recent 51-page report on women’s health by MPs found that many women suffering from endometriosis or fibroids feel dismissed. Figures from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health found that 40% of women said they had seen a doctor 10 times before being referred to a gynaecologist.

Endometriosis UK – the leading UK charity dedicated to providing information and support to those with endometriosis – is currently making recommendations to improve endometriosis services:

 

– Training and awareness for GPs and nurses so they can recognise the symptoms, know when and how to refer to secondary care, and provide women with better support and information.
– All women to have access to an Endometriosis Specialist Centre, wherever they live in the UK.
– Referrals to specialists and British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) Endometriosis Centres should be offered sooner to women with the condition.
– All women with a diagnosis of endometriosis should have access to a specialist nurse.

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