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Pompey Women Partner With Endometriosis South Coast

New official charity partner for women's team

25 August 2022

Endometriosis South Coast will become Pompey Women’s first ever official charity link, with both organisations combining to raise awareness and support in the local community.

Endometriosis is the name given to the condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.

During the menstrual cycle, the body goes through hormonal changes each month. Hormones are naturally released which cause the lining of the womb to increase in preparation for a fertilised egg.

If pregnancy does not occur, this lining will break down and bleed – this is then released from the body as a period.

However, in endometriosis there is no way for this blood to leave the body, causing inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue.

In the UK, around 1.5 million women and those assigned female at birth are currently living with the condition, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Endometriosis can affect you at all stages in life, but most commonly seen between puberty and menopause.

Endometriosis South Coast founder Jodie Hughes said: "Endometriosis is a chronic, life-changing condition affecting one in 10 women. It is under researched, resulting in taking an average of seven years to be diagnosed.

"Care for those who have a diagnosis is underfunded, which is why we offer support and assistance to all sufferers, regardless of race, gender or faith.

"We are excited to partner with Portsmouth FC Women as their official charity and hope to raise awareness of this much-misunderstood condition."

Blues boss Jay Sadler added: "We’ve been working on this for several months.

"It’s an exciting collaboration and one we hope will be instrumental in creating significant cultural change towards women’s health, both in and out of the game.

"Our aim is to use our footing to ultimately raise awareness, raise funds and cement legacy partnerships between the club and local charities."

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