PEOPLE across the UK are walking 8,000 steps a day to raise money and awareness for a chronic illness which affects one in 10 women.

Endometriosis is a lifelong condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places such as the ovaries or bladder.

It’s not clear what causes it and there is no cure but the symptoms can include severe pain in the lower tummy and back and difficulty getting pregnant.

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Endometriosis UK, a charity which helps women understand and cope with illness in everyday life, is now encouraging people to walk 8,000 steps a day to raise awareness and money in an event called “Walk For Endo”.

The 8,000 steps represent the average of eight years it takes for a women to be diagnosed with endometriosis in the UK.

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The only way to get a definite diagnosis is through a laparoscopic surgery – or keyhole surgery – which includes minor incisions to the abdomen.

In a statement about the challenge, Endometriosis UK said: “Put on your walking shoes this summer and support the 1in10 with endometriosis who wait an average of eight years to get a diagnosis.

“Walk 8,000 steps a day to represent the eight years of waiting. You can walk on your own, with friends and family, or even get your workplace involved.

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“ If 8,000 steps a day feels too much, why not organise a relay and take turns.”

To get involved, or for more information, visit: endometriosis-uk/org


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

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