YOU’RE INVITED! Join us to celebrate GAIN’s 20th year Anniversary! We are hosting a high tea at the University of WA Club, with special guest speaker Dr Susan Evans. Dr Susan Evans is a renowned Gynaecologist, Pain Medicine Physician, Educator and Researcher. She is also the founder of Periods, Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis (PPEP) Talk…

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I suspect I have had endometriosis since the onset of menstruation at 14. My pain was always debilitating. I went through multiple Drs looking for an answer in my teenage years.After many investigative procedures (but no lap) I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. That didn’t help me, at all. At 26 I got pregnant…

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I was twenty five when I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosis (LS), shortly after giving birth to my daughter. My obstetrician was the first to notice anything unusual about my vulva. It has not been proven, but general consensus is that LS is an autoimmune condition. LS can run in families and is much more…

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Ending a stigma. It’s easier said than done, right? End the stigma or #endthestigma is a community launched in 2017 targeting mental health awareness. An excellent community I have previously used to help with my negative thinking patterns and anxiety at the time of a health scare I was experiencing. My health scare was possible cervical cancer.I…

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I have a story with regards to woman’s health and I feel it needs to be shared, not only to raise awareness of the disease, but also to offer some hope to others wishing for more children after experiencing a molar pregnancy.A molar pregnancy (‘hydatidform mole’) is a type of pregnancy related tumour, or ‘gestational…

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I began having a burning pain from the lower abdomen to the clitoris with a feeling of pressure on the bladder in 1985, when I was 33. Although continuously tested, no urine infection was ever found. When episodes of discomfort were too long, and because of a history of kidney stones, cystoscopies & ultra sounds…

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Alexis Clayton – Endometriosis For some time now I’ve been experiencing pain in my abdominal area. This was causing me to be physically sick, almost every single day of the month, over the last ten months. When it first began I thought that I might have been pregnant, my husband and I patiently waited during…

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“I’m 34, and have suffered with endometriosis from the of age 15 – but I have a beautiful 3 year old boy Jack…” Kylie Flaherty – Endometriosis Since the age of 15 I have constantly suffered from abdominal pain.  Ten years after being originally diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and many, many trips to doctors…

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“My mother’s closest sister knew nothing about my mother’s cancer. They had never talked about it, and I certainly could not talk to my Dad about it. So I stored the information away until…” Elaine Embleton – My Mother Died of Vulva Cancer Imagine, if you can, travelling around Ireland on holiday for two weeks,…

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Vanessa Watson – Various GYN Conditions It seems rather ironic that I am writing this story on Mother’s Day,  as it is my journey with numerous gynaecological  conditions that gave me motherhood, but also it is my children that sustain me as I battle my latest diagnosis and surgery. My story begins in 1997 when…

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