According to research by National University Hospital (NUH), seven in 10 Singaporean women who suffered heavy menstruation also had late stage endometriosis, a serious gynaecological condition where cells lining the womb grow outside of it.
More disturbingly, 80 per cent of those studied waited for as long as two years before seeking treatment. “These findings point to a general lack of awareness of the condition and the prevalent misconception that even severe menstrual cramps are part of ‘growing up’,” says Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head and senior consultant, Benign Gynaecology Division in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at NUH.
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