KATE Cooper was 20 years old when she was diagnosed with endometriosis.
In the last seven years she has endured 13 operations including a full hysterectomy the day after her 23rd birthday.
Endometriosis affects one in 10 Australian women and occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, commonly on the fallopian tubes, ovaries and tissue lining the pelvis.
Extreme and chronic pain is the most common symptom, while 30 per cent of women with infertility issues have endometriosis.
More and more women are affected by the disease every year but Kate says due to the stigma attached to ‘women’s troubles’ it is still rarely discussed.
“Statistics almost guarantee that if you’re a woman you will either suffer from this or know someone you love who does,” she said.
“But endometriosis is still somewhat of a taboo subject and that needs to change.”
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 21, 2014