Persistent pelvic pain: Women suffer in silence amid ignorance and stigma

(Alexandra Alvaro/ Australian Broadcast Corp News) — Each time Kate Mokrzecki presented to doctors with pelvic pain, they put it down to a different condition — appendicitis, a liver infection, intestinal problems.

She was even tested for a heart condition. “There wasn’t much help, really. After they did that test [for heart problems], they just left it there. When it came up negative, my mum assumed it was all OK,” she said.

The 18-year-old endured four years of debilitating abdominal pain before she was finally referred to a gynaecologist.

The gynaecologist booked her in for a laparoscopy — a diagnostic surgical procedure that shows the structures inside the pelvis. Her doctor suspected the cause of her pain was endometriosis, a chronic condition where tissue similar to that found in the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus.

However, it wasn’t endometriosis either. (…)

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