The charity Endometriosis UK is focusing on helping young women and teenage girls to know when their periods are normal, and when their symptoms are something to be concerned about as part of their campaigns for Endometriosis Awareness Week with the launch of their ‘Is this normal?’ campaign.
If your periods are consistently heavy or last longer than 4–5 days or your pain is so severe that you cannot get up and carry on with life then this could be a sign of something more serious and should be checked by your GP.
Other activities include the charity members travelling the UK to spread the message about endometriosis and painful periods to schools, gyms, hospitals and workplaces. In conjunction with Endometriosis Awareness Week 2012, top nutritionist Henrietta Norton, herself a sufferer from endometriosis, has published a book today entitled ‘Take Control of Your Endometriosis’. The book is aimed to be a guide for women on how to cope with this painful condition by making realistic changes to your diet and shares stories of other women who have battled with infertility, pain and mood swings as a result.