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New support group for endometriosis sufferers in Omagh

Jenni Wilson is the leader of the Omagh endometriosis support group.

A NEW support group for local women who suffer from endometriosis has been recently launched in Omagh.

Kickstarted by charity Endometriosis UK, the local support group – which is keen to recruit new members – will meet monthly on the second Wednesday of each month going forward.

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It is led by volunteers who also suffer from the condition, and local people are encouraged to come along to share helpful information, coping techniques, and build
lasting friendships.

Symptoms

Endometriosis can affect all women and girls of a childbearing age, regardless of race or ethnicity.

It is a condition where the endometrial cells lining the womb migrate to other parts of the body.

Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb – building up and then breaking down and bleeding.

But unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.

While symptoms vary in intensity, some women endure severe pain, while others have no pain but may experience fertility issues. Some experience both. At present, one in 10 women in the UK – approximately 1.5million in total – are battling a long term and debilitating gynaecological condition.

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‘Lifeline’

Omagh group leader, Jenni Wilson – who has personal experience of the condition – said that local support groups for endometriosis suffers are nothing short of a ‘lifeline’.

“The condition can impact on people’s lives in so many different ways,” Jenni explained. “Some may experience chronic pain, fatigue and depression. Others may have problems with sexual relationships and infertility.”Jenni also told the TyroneHerald that she was dismayed to find that there is only one support group in the North- and it is based in Belfast.

“This is why it’s so important to share experiences, knowledge and self-help techniques locally,” she added. “I wanted to make this resource available and accessible to those affected in Tyrone and Fermanagh.”

Endometriosis UK offers a network of support services and free information through their website (see details at the end of article).

These ranges from a free confidential national helpline, UK-wide support groups, an online support group and advocacy services.

The charity aims to provide women with high quality support and information to enable them to manage the long-term condition they are suffering from.

For further information on how to join the Omagh endometriosis support group and for details about Endometriosis UK, visit www.endometriosis-uk.org or email tyronefermanagh@endometriosis-uk.org

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