By Abbas Shahzadeh
Before you read my story please note that it reflects my experience alone. It is my hope that my story will assist in raising understanding and awareness of pelvic pain in our community and is written for no other purpose.
The Vulva is the area of skin between your legs. It includes the labia, which are the flaps of skin that surround the opening of the vagina. There are many different conditions that can make this area painful or irritated.
Painful sex is distressing. As well as the physical pain, there is the emotional pain women feel when they are unable to enjoy sex with their partner.
A Laparoscopy is an operation used to look inside the abdomen and treat certain types of pelvic pain in women – especially endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a common condition affecting around 5 or 10 in 100 women. It is a problem because it can cause pain, scarring and sometimes trouble getting pregnant.
For a condition that seems to affect so many, it’s surprising how little information we have on pelvic pain in Australia.
The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation formed to build a healthier and more productive community by improving the quality of life of people with pelvic pain.
The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia acknowledges individuals in the transgender community and people who are non-binary and living with endometriosis who may not identify as women.
Ⓒ Pelvic Pain Foundation 2021