28 Sep 2020

Covid-19 delays endometriosis treatment for hundreds

From First Up, 5:43 am on 28 September 2020

Hundreds of women with endometriosis say they've been sidelined and left in pain and distress by covid 19 delays. The condition causes uterine tissue to grow in other parts of the abdomen and can cause extremely painful periods, chronic pain and organs to fuse to other parts of the body. The organisation Endometriosis NZ says it heard from 568 women over the level 4 lockdown who were desperate after their surgery or appointments were cancelled. It says many are yet to have care they need. West Auckland woman Ali Larsen still suffers from the condition despite having had a hysterectomy and an ovary removed. She told our health correspondent Rowan Quinn, she spent two nights in hospital in pain in August but can't see a specialist immediately.