Petition Fund NHS scheme for women with Endometriosis to freeze their eggs
Women with endometriosis should have the option to freeze their eggs on the NHS, due to the high percentage of infertility (30-50%). Women undergoing chemotherapy have around a 40% chance of being infertile, yet they can get their eggs frozen on the NHS and women with endometriosis cannot.
Endometriosis is a debilitating disease where the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows in ectopic sites, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the pelvis. It occurs in 1 in 10 women but takes approximately 7 years to get diagnosed.
Around 30-50% of women with endometriosis are infertile and as there is no cure for endometriosis, there are very limited options to conceive naturally. One way of managing symptoms is surgery, which actually increases the chances of infertility.
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Recent Parliamentary activity on Endometriosis
For Endometriosis Awareness Month, a summary of parliamentary activity on endometriosis since the issue was debated in Westminster Hall in 2019 has been published.
Read the summary: https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/endometriosis/index.html
This ‘shorthand’ summary describes how the public’s voices were heard in the 2019 debate, and features the story of Kathryn from Cornwall. Since having her story read out in Parliament, she has gone on to be an advocate for those living with endometriosis and has made several appearances in local and national media.
The article covers other parliamentary activity on endometriosis since the debate, and gives details on how to submit evidence on the Government’s Women’s Health Strategy.
What are Westminster Hall debates?
Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister. Any MP can take part in a Westminster Hall debate.
Debates in Westminster Hall take place on ‘general debate' motions expressed in neutral terms. These motions are worded ‘That this House has considered [a specific matter]'.