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Nordica, MBGN Take Endometriosis Awareness To Queen’s College


With one out of ten women of reproductive age suffer­ing from the excruciating pain of Endometriosis, a Non -Gov­ernmental Organisation (NGO), En­dometriosis Support Group Nigeria (ESGN) in conjunction with Nordica Fertility Centre and the Most Beauti­ful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2015, has taken awareness of the health disorder to Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos.

The main objective of the sensitiza­tion exercise, according to the Man­aging Director, Nordica Fertility Cen­tre, Lagos, and ESGN representative, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, was to educate the girls about the devastating health implications of Endometriosis and the need to seek early medical interven­tion for those affected.

Addressing the students during their morning assembly on Monday, Ajayi who is a fertility expert, said the awareness exercise was crucial for better management of the condition, more so, that it has no cure for now .

According to Ajayi, Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lin­ing of the womb is found elsewhere – most commonly on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, bladder and bowel. That tissue he noted, behaves like the lining of the womb, bleeding every month, and can cause severe and chronic pain.

He told the students not to joke with any issue relating to Endometriosis because it has some unbearable health consequences, such as chronic pain, painful sex and infertility just to men­tion a few and that it affects women in the prime of their life.

Giving further insight into the con­dition which he said affects over 200 million women worldwide, Ajayi noted: “Often dismissed as ‘women’s troubles’, Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, yet a lack of research and funding means sufferers can live in severe pain, un­able to work or socialize. The hidden toll and extraordinary neglect of this disease affects millions of women around the globe, causing many to suf­fer a life of pain and debilitation and sometimes infertility. Unfortunately, often their primary care doctors do not know what it is and the specialists to whom they are sent are not just think­ing of it.”

He also pointed out that Endometri­osis is not a lifestyle disease though, its causes are not known while stress­ing the need for early diagnosis.

“It is not a disease you get later in life. It attacks teens, young women when they should be out being active, working, having children, having sex – 50% of them are struggling with sex because it is too painful. Endometrio­sis has existed in the twilight for cen­turies because of society’s reluctance to discuss what was euphemistically known for so long as “women’s trou­bles”, he said.

To avoid delay or possible miss diagnosis of the condition, Ajayi ap­pealed to the school authority not to treat with kid gloves, any student who complains of painful menstrua­tion and whose monthly period keeps away from regular academic activities as those could be some possible signs of Endometriosis.

He also enjoined the students to take the awareness to their parents and friends as well as seek medical inter­vention from gynaecologists whenev­er they have symptoms of Endome­triosis, assuring them that the disorder can be managed like other health con­ditions like diabetes, hypertension among others when detected early.

In her speech, MBGN 2015 win­ner and former student of the college, Unoaku Temitope Anyadike, said she was in her alma-mater, to educate the students about the condition as a result of the general lack of awareness about Endometriosis among Nigerians.

Anyadike who is a graduate of Psy­chology, University of Ibadan, said she chose raising awareness about Endo- metrosis as her pet project because at some points in her life, she thought she had the condition owing to painful and

terrible menstruation.

The 21-year-old queen who hails from Anambra State, said though she was not diagnosed of Endometriosis after seeing a doctor, assured that she would continue to raise awareness about the condition until it gets the attention it deserves from relevant authorities especially the govern­ment .

Expressing delight over the visit, Director/Principal, Queen’s College, Lagos, Dr. (Mrs.) Lami Amodu, com­mended the management of Nordica Fertility Centre for the programme, adding that with the information they have gathered from the exercise, they will now be in a better position to manage some of their students who often complain of painful menstrua­tion.


-Angela Onwuzoo


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