This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government

Rejected petition Endometriosis to be recognised as a disability in the UK. Affects 1 in 10 women

Many suffer with extreme chronic or recurring pain, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, fertility problems and many have to undergo multiple surgeries, intense hormonal medication (with many side effects) or find ways of coping or fitting their lives around the intense pain they are subjected to.

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The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) covers the symptoms of endometriosis such as chronic pain and chronic fatigue, but sufferers of the illness are not covered, and do not have the same rights as other people with disabiling illnesses. Endometriosis is recognised as a disability in many other countries, but not yet in the UK.

Endometriosis should be formally recognised as a disability, and covered under the Disability Discrimination Act. Women are losing their jobs and facing difficulties!

This petition was rejected

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.

Petitions need to call on the Government or Parliament to take a specific action. We're not sure exactly what you mean when you ask for Endometriosis to be made a recognised disability.

Laws and policies don't usually list specific conditions and define them as disabilities. In most cases, it’s the impact on the person’s life that qualifies them for protection under the law or makes them eligible for support.

You can find out more about how to show you're disabled under the Equality Act here:

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