BBC presenter Naga Munchetty recently revealed that she suffers from adenomyosis, a chronic condition that affects the uterus. She spoke of how her pain can leave her unable to move and how a recent flare-up was so intense her husband had to call an ambulance.
Yet many people have never heard of this condition, despite it affecting as many as one in five women.
Adenomyosis can cause symptoms including irregular and heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain. The severity of symptoms varies between patients – up to one-third of women with adenomyosis may have minimal or no symptoms at all.
The condition can also affect fertility. Women with adenomyosis who do become pregnant have an increased risk of miscarriage, pre-term delivery, pre-eclampsia and bleeding after delivery.
Read the full story on the Conversation website co-authored by Dr Jen Southcombe and DPhil student Fitnat Topbas Selcuki of Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford.
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