The All-Party Political Group (APPG) published the findings of its inquiry into endometriosis.
The inquiry surveyed over 10,000 women with endometriosis in the UK and interviewed healthcare practitioners about their experiences.
The APPG is calling on all Governments in the UK to commit to a series of support measures for those with endometriosis including a commitment to reduce average diagnosis times to 4 years or less by 2025, and a year or less by 2030.
Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:
“This report is vital in understanding how women living with endometriosis in the UK continue to be let down when it comes to their diagnosis, treatment and the support they receive to manage their condition.
“While endometriosis costs the UK economy billions of pounds per year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs, the impact on women’s wellbeing and mental health is much greater.
“The long diagnosis times and poor patient experience could be attributed to the significant gap in data when it comes to women and girls. What the RCOG would like to see is medical research in this area prioritised to ensure they get the advice and treatment that’s right for them so they can lead happy and healthy lives.”