Department of Health written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of endometriosis among (a) the general public and (b) primary care doctors in England.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is important that women with endometriosis receive appropriate treatment and support. Information on endometriosis is readily available to both the public and healthcare professionals. NHS Choices have published information for the public on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis available at:


The Department of Health in England has asked the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to develop a guideline on the diagnosis and management of endometriosis for healthcare professionals, including those in primary care. The guidance will be published in July 2017.

All obstetricians and gynaecologists have been trained in the diagnosis, investigation and management of endometriosis, which is specifically listed as a topic in the core curriculum for obstetrics and gynaecology.

To support clinicians, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology has published a comprehensive guideline and app on the management and treatment of endometriosis. Guideline available at:


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