Tallaght university hospital hosts talk on endometriosis

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) kicked off its ‘Let’s talk about’ series of public lectures on health matters last week with a talk on endometriosis.

Rebecca McEvoy, who is a clinical nurse manager with specialist training in endometriosis, explained the condition and what can be done to treat it in the Conference Room in Tallaght Library on March 28.

Endometriosis is experienced by one in 10 women in Ireland and is a lifelong condition that happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.

This causes pain and, in some cases, makes it difficult for women to get pregnant. It is a long-term condition that can have a significant impact both physically and emotionally on women’s lives.

Access to early diagnosis and effective treatment can improve management of the disease, which can affect women of all age groups but is less likely to present post menopause and in teenage years. 

“There is no cure for endometriosis but treatments aimed at controlling symptoms are available,” explained Nurse McEvoy.

“These include painkillers, hormone medicines, contraceptives and surgery. Other things that can help include a good diet, reducing stress, promoting sleep, exercise and physiotherapy.”

TUH recently received funding confirmation for the development of a new Women’s Health Unit (WHU) at Tallaght Cross West, across the road from the main hospital campus.

Rebecca McEvoy, who is a clinical nurse manager with specialist training in endometriosis, gave a public lecture on endometriosis last week.

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