Women’s health: let’s talk about endometriosis

Following on from our menopause guidance launch with Peppy Health in October 2020, we wanted to further explore women’s health and the impact and challenges women face in the workplace.

In this podcast from our Women Lawyers Division, we explore endometriosis, specifically offering advice to women throughout the profession on how to cope. The speakers also discuss suggestions to employers on how to better support women who suffer from endometriosis.

Setting the scene

Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a person's life in a number of ways, including:

  • chronic pain
  • fatigue/lack of energy
  • depression/isolation
  • problems with a couple’s sex life/relationships
  • an inability to conceive
  • difficulty in fulfilling work and social commitments

The latest facts and figures about endometriosis:

  • 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis
  • 10% of women worldwide have endometriosis – that’s 176 million worldwide
  • the prevalence of endometriosis in women with infertility could be as high as 30% to 50%
  • endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK
  • endometriosis affects 1.5 million women, a similar number of women affected by diabetes
  • on average it takes 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis
  • endometriosis costs the UK economy £8.2bn a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs
  • the cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is no definite cure

Find out more from Endometriosis UK

Speakers

Amandeep Khasriya 

Amandeep KhasriyaAmandeep is a senior associate at Moore Barlow specialising in major trauma claims with over 12 years of experience. She is a member of our Women Lawyers Division Committee and founder of Women Back to Law. Amandeep was named as a Future Leader in HERoes Women Role Model List 2020.

Anita Gohil-Thorp 

Anita Gohil-ThorpAnita is a former City lawyer and legal recruiter, now a professional coach supporting diverse individuals in their legal careers and wellbeing. Anita has over 15 years of experience working closely with lawyers as a catalyst to transformation that enhances life and work experiences.

Working with partners, associates and trainees at organisations ranging from top international firms to boutique firms including Hogan Lovells, BCLP, Dentons and Linklaters, Anita helps them to excel in their chosen career paths through learning not only how to progress practically but how to integrate an effective mindset, resilience, emotional intelligence and self-commitment into all areas of work and life.

Anita’s endometriosis diagnosis came seven years ago, after years of complaining to doctors. Having received inconsistent guidance on treatments and complications following the birth of her second child, Anita has evolved her own endometriosis management regime through lifestyle and dietary changes, exercise and tools including mindfulness and affirmations.

She has spoken about the importance of wellbeing to audiences including solicitors, barristers and the wider public.

Her personal experience of positive mental and physical health combined with their impact in the workplace drives her desire for more women to uncover their unique coping mechanisms.

She hopes for more organisations to embrace the motto “Every One Matters,” and provide adjustments and support so that all women can thrive in their legal careers without worry of being judged.

Francesca Steyn 

Francesca SteynFrancesca is the director of fertility services at Peppy and the current chair of the Royal College of Nursing Fertility Nurses Forum.

She has over 15 years of experience in the NHS and private fertility sectors.

She was awarded Surrogacy Professional of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and she has co-authored publications including the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Education and Career Progression Framework for Fertility Nursing and Department of Health guidance for the care of surrogate births.

Francesca is passionate that fertility patients receive a high level of fertility care and that nursing staff have the opportunities to develop their skills to ensure that they are able to deliver high quality care to their patients. She has presented her work in this area both nationally and internationally.

Sinéad McGrath 

Sinead McGrathSinéad studied geography at Edge Hill University before completing her GDL and part-time LPC at Liverpool John Moores University.

Her interest in the energy sector led to Sinéad studying her LLM focusing on the impact Brexit is set to have on the UK's energy sector. Sinéad is currently a paralegal at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialising in financial litigation.

In June 2019, Sinéad was elected to the Law Society Council on behalf of LPC students and trainees for a two-year term. Sinéad also sits on the executive committee of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) and the Women Lawyers Division (WLD).

As part of her role on the JLD and WLD, Sinéad is passionate about raising awareness in relation to female health and fertility after her own diagnosis of endometriosis at the age of 13.

Having experienced working in legal practice whilst needing to undergo treatment for her condition, Sinéad wants to ensure support is available for others who may need it.

Related resources

A chat about menopause

Menopause in the workplace

Webinar: menopause in the legal profession

Lifting the taboo: let’s talk m for menopause

The Women in Law Pledge

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