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Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that is similar to the inner lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside the uterus, typically in the fallopian tubes and on the ovaries, though it may also affect other parts of the body. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) notes that endometriosis is “mainly a disease of the reproductive years” but that its exact cause is unknown. The symptoms associated with endometriosis vary and can include painful periods, chronic pelvic pain and infertility / difficulty getting pregnant. Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose which can cause a delay between the onset of symptoms and receiving a formal diagnosis

Endometriosis UK, a leading charity, has published guidance on employment law and best practice for employers in relation to endometriosis.[1] This highlights three areas of employment law in particular:

  • The duty to make reasonable adjustments
  • Statutory Sick pay
  • Flexible working

This briefing contains background information, parliamentary and press material, as well as suggested further reading which Members may find useful when preparing for this debate

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