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VANCOUVER ENDOMETRIOSIS SUPPORT GROUP

Endometriosis is a disease that affects more than 500,000 women in Canada. It occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus is found in other places where it shouldn't be. This displaced tissue responds to your hormonal cycle the same way as the cells in your uterus by growing and then bleeding. No one knows what causes Endo but if someone in your family has it, you are more likely to have it too.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms can include:

- pelvic pain, especially with your period
- infertility
- irregular or heavy periods
- pain with intercourse

Some women experience all these symptoms and more while some experience none of them. If you have any of these symptoms you should discuss them with your doctor.

How is Endo diagnosed and treated?

The only way your doctor can confirm you have Endo is by surgery. The doctor will check your organs for evidence of Endo, usually by laparoscope, and remove some tissue to confirm the diagnosis. At present there is no cure for Endo. Surgery, medication or a combination of both can be used to treat it. The type of treatment you receive will depend on you and your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

These books are a good place to start learning about the disease.

Mary Lou Ballweg and the Endometriosis Association, The Endometriosis Sourcebook. Contemporary Books, 1995.

Lyle Breitkopf, Coping with Endometriosis. Prentice-Hall, 1987.

We also have a number of Internet resources linked to our web site.

Who are we?

We are a group of women who live with Endo. We meet once a month to share stories and experiences and to offer support and advice in a confidential enviroment. We also have a number of articles and books available as reference materials. We meet on the last Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the BuyLow Food Stores at 3151 Arbutus St. The meetings are informal with discussion on topics suggested by members. There are also special meetings with guest speakers, presentations and meetings with partners.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

VANCOUVER ENDOMETRIOSIS SUPPORT GROUP
2871 West 14th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 2X3

KATHLEEN: 604-581-5652
ADRIANA: 604-733-9840

FAX:604-732-1204

EMAIL: INFO@ENDO.BC.CA

VISIT OUR WEB PAGE AT:

HTTP://WWW.ENDO.BC.CA