Endo Fife group joins march

Campaigners from Levenmouth attended a march in Edinburgh to raise awareness of endometriosis
Campaigners from Levenmouth attended a march in Edinburgh to raise awareness of endometriosis
  • Important issue of women’s health
  • Levenmouth campaigners raise awareness
  • Co-organiser Claire pleased with turnout

Local people visited the capital on Sunday to display support for a campaign to raise awareness of a crucial condition affecting women’s health.

Members of the Endo Fife group, founded by Methil woman Claire Smith, joined a march in Edinburgh to highlight knowledge of endometriosis.

Claire (34) and fellow group members handed out leaflets and research packs and were joined by campaigners from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as doctors from endmetriosis clinics.

Endometriosis is caused by tissue which normally grows inside the womb growing outside in the pelvic area, leading to inflammation, scarring and adhesions. It can cause women a great deal of pain, along with other symptoms.

A BBC Alba camera crew, which is making a programme about the condition, possibly to be shown in September, was there too, said Claire, which prompted interest from a few more people and enabled the group to spread the message a little more widely.

Claire, who was diagnosed with the condition herself three years ago, said there had been a good turnout and there was a strong local presence in getting the message across, which was pleasing.

There was face painting for the youngsters, plus entertainment from Break The Butterfly band member and Red Hot Chilli Pipers member Cameron Barnes, of Methil.

Claire, who also organised a march in Kirkcaldy last year, launched a Facebook page to help other sufferers, as well as starting the Fife support group, which meets every two months.

Its next get-together is at 7pm on April 16 in the Victoria Hospital staff room.

Our pictures show the group members and some of the posters they displayed during the march.