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Women with endometriosis should never have to suffer in silence.

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve says that not enough public conversations are being had about the condition which is said to affect one in 10 women of reproductive age.

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus.

Chronic pelvic pain, pain during sex, pain during menstruation, excessive bleeding and infertility are some of the symptoms of endometriosis.

Read: Why 1 in 10 women endure painful sex (and keep it a secret)

The average time it takes for a woman to be diagnosed with the condition is eight to 10 years because society often brushes off a woman's pain, says Dr Eve.

While there is no cure for endometriosis, early diagnosis can lead to better treatment to manage the disease.

Dr Eve explains that normalising the pain of endometriosis can lead to other health complications and negatively
affect sex, sexuality and relationships.

Read also: Here's why you shouldn't hold back about sexual problems to your partner

She says it is important to discuss endometriosis without shame.

Dr Eve's website offers tips on how to navigate sex and intimacy for couples dealing with endometriosis.

For women who have endometriosis from an early age, the pain remains and remains.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

It takes eight to 10 years before the diagnosis is given because women are told that it's all in their head or that pain is normal.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

The discussions are so secretive and silent.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Take a listen to the expert discussion and Dr Eve answer key questions:

This article first appeared on 702 : It's time to talk openly about the pain of endometriosis, says Dr Eve

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