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It can be distressing to live with a chronic condition such as endometriosis. The physical and emotional effects can be serious and far-reaching and often affect family, friends, colleagues, relationships, education and career.

Living Well with Endometriosis is a seminar aimed at informing women and teenagers what endometriosis is and how to manage it.

Endometriosis is a common inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus.

The tissue can form lesions, nodules and cysts which are mostly found in the pelvis, ovaries, bowel, ligaments and bladder. Cysts on an ovary may also develop in more advanced stages of the disease.

“The seminar is for women who have, or suspect they have endometriosis, as well as support people such as partners, friends or family, as it can help them understand better what it’s like to have endometriosis. Teenagers also may want to come along with their mums,” says Insight Endometriosis manager and educator Annette Evans.

She says they will explain the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of endometriosis, how to manage the pain, treatment options and how nutrition can play a part.

“People don’t always realise how much nutrition plays a role in endometriosis, but because it is a hormone-related disease a lot of foods can trigger symptoms, so cutting out or adding in certain foods can improve your health significantly.

Annette suggests women keep a food diary where they write down everything they eat that month.

“A food diary is helpful because it allows you to track what you’re eating and figure out exactly what is causing the problem rather than making assumptions and cutting out something you actually needed.

The Insight Endometriosis Living Well with Endometriosis seminar will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 10am-3.30pm. The location is to be advised upon enrolment.

For more information on the course phone: 07 855 5123 or visit: www.insightendometriosis.org.nz