Endometriosis in the workplace

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Endometriosis in the workplace

Endometriosis is a common and often painful condition that affects around 10% of women or people assigned female at birth of reproductive age. Despite its prevalence, endometriosis can be a misunderstood and stigmatised condition, which can make it difficult for people to speak openly about their experiences. This can be especially challenging when it comes to managing endometriosis in the workplace. However, there are many positive steps that suffers and employers can take to support those who are affected.


One of the biggest challenges that people with endometriosis face is managing their symptoms while at work. Endometriosis can cause chronic pain, fatigue, and other symptoms that can make it difficult for people to perform their job duties. This can lead to missed workdays, reduced productivity, and other challenges that can impact both the employee and the employer.

However, there are several positive steps that employers can take to support employees with endometriosis. For example, providing more flexible work arrangements can really help. Allowing employees to work from home, or adjust their work hours to accommodate medical appointments or manage symptoms, can be incredibly helpful. Employers can also provide accommodations such as ergonomic workstations and quiet spaces for employees to rest and manage their pain. By being more understanding and accommodating, employers can create a more inclusive and supportive workplace for all employees, including those with endometriosis.

Self Care

Another positive step that people with endometriosis can take is to prioritise self-care practices. Getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular exercise can be helpful in managing symptoms and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. People with endometriosis can also benefit from seeking support from healthcare professionals and support groups. There are many resources available to help people with endometriosis manage their symptoms and navigate the challenges of living with a chronic condition.


Increasing awareness and education about endometriosis is also important in creating a more supportive workplace for women with the condition. Initiatives like Endometriosis Awareness Month, which takes place every March, aim to raise awareness and understanding about the condition. By increasing awareness about endometriosis, we can help to reduce the stigma and misunderstanding that surrounds the condition, and help people to feel more comfortable discussing their experiences with their employers and colleagues.

Mental Health

It’s also important to note that endometriosis doesn’t just impact people’s physical health – it can also impact their mental health and overall well-being. People with endometriosis may experience feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression, and may benefit from additional support from their employer and colleagues. By creating a more open and supportive workplace culture, we can help to reduce the stigma and isolation that people with endometriosis may feel.One way to create a more supportive workplace culture is by encouraging open communication. Employers can make it clear to their employees that they are open and willing to listen to any concerns or questions they may have, and that they are committed to providing support to those who need it. Employers can also offer educational resources to their employees, such as informational seminars or workshops, to increase understanding about endometriosis and how it can impact an employee’s work performance.

Employee Support Program

Another way to support employees with endometriosis is by offering them access to employee assistance programs (EAPs). EAPs can provide employees with confidential counselling, support services, and referrals to medical professionals or support groups. By offering EAPs, employers can help to ensure that their employees have access to the resources they need to manage their condition and maintain their mental health and well-being.


While endometriosis can be a challenging condition to manage, there are many positive steps that can be taken to support those who are affected. Increasing awareness about endometriosis and being more understanding and accommodating in the workplace can help create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all employees. By taking a proactive approach to managing the condition, people can maintain a positive outlook and stay motivated and engaged in their work.


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