Endometriosis Action Month

We are delighted to announce that LKA has become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer.

We have signed up to become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer, to help drive positive change in the workplace for the 1 in 10 women with endometriosis. With female employment rates higher than ever before and endometriosis costing the UK economy £8.2 billion a year in loss of work, treatment, and healthcare costs, it is absolutely vital that employers take endometriosis seriously and not simply brushing women’s issues under the carpet.

The scheme, led by Endometriosis UK, provides guidance on how to support employees with endometriosis, with employers committing to providing those with the condition the necessary support to thrive at work. Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body, usually within the pelvic cavity. Each month these cells react to the menstrual cycle in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape. This leads to inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions). The condition can have a huge impact on a person’s work and career. Becoming an Endometriosis Friendly Employer shows a commitment to staff who have the condition and helps break down the stigma surrounding endometriosis in the workplace.

Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK said: “Employers who sign up to the scheme are helping break down the taboo and stigma around endometriosis and menstrual conditions, and developing work environments where all staff are comfortable talking about possible practical adjustments that could be of benefit. A huge thank you to LKA for championing and supporting those with endometriosis by signing up to the scheme”. “We now look forward to seeing many other employers following their lead”. Commenting on becoming an Endometriosis Friendly Employer, LKA MD Laura Kenyon said: “As an employer, we are committed to supporting our workforce and helping employees reach their full potential. That’s why we’re proud to have signed up to become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer”.

About Endometriosis UK
  1. Endometriosis UK is the leading national charity dedicated to providing support and information for those who have the condition. We work to increase understanding of endometriosis through campaigning, awareness-raising initiatives and research. We offer a wide range of advice and support, including a helpline, information leaflets and local support groups. These services are run by volunteers, all of whom have been affected by the condition.
  2. Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body, usually within the pelvic cavity. Each month these cells react to the menstrual cycle in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape. This leads to inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions).
  3. Endometriosis symptoms can vary in intensity from one person to another. Whilst for some they may not experience symptoms at all, for others it can be debilitating. Whilst not every person will suffer from every symptom, common symptoms include:
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Pain when urinating
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

Many women experience period pain, but if pain is interfering with your everyday life it’s best to see your doctor. For interview opportunities and further information please email communications@endometriosis-uk.org.