Health Check: Women embarrassed by painful problem

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Women from different communities are reluctant to seek help for a painful condition which can cause infertility. Professor Lorraine Culley from De Montfort University was keen to find out about cultural attitudes towards endometriosis - where cells from the lining of the uterus are found in other parts of the body.

African Caribbean, Greek, Indian and Pakistani women from the UK took part in the research. Both Greek and Afro Caribbean women found it easier to be open about their condition. Pakistani women expressed concern over oral contraception being prescribed as a treatment as it could imply they were sexually active.

Professor Culley's team has published leaflets and DVDs to help raise awareness about the condition - for both patients and medical professionals.

Endometriosis and Cultural Diversity Project

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