Gynaecologist, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician

A book for girls and women just like you. Easy-to-read.


The book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’ is available from the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia website at here.

It’s 10 years since we first released the book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’. In that time, we’ve sold around 10,000 copies and been through 4 updates, and 2 translations.

The latest version comes with a new cover – a bit more 2018 – but still designed to help girls and women understand their pain, and understand the treatment options available.

Why should girls and women read the book? Can’t their doctor explain Pelvic Pain?

endo-epub-coverPelvic Pain is common, but that doesn’t make it easy or simple to manage. It’s tricky for health professionals too, and most doctors weren’t taught how to manage it when they were training.

No health professionals complete their training with all the knowledge needed to help women with all their needs.

This book fills in the gaps and helps you decide which treatments are likely to work for you.


Why should parents and families read the book?

Illness is much easier to explain when everyone can see the problem (like a broken leg), when it will reliably get better over time (like the ‘flu), or it affects men too (like asthma or diabetes). Girls and women with pain may find it difficult or embarrassing to explain to their friends or workmates that they have a ‘woman’s problem’ that just isn’t getting better.

Maybe your loved on is just ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired’.

This book is for women with pain, but also for their parents, partners, families and employers.


What sort of information is in the book?

As well as all the information you need about period pain and endometriosis, the book also includes information about:

– an irritable bowel – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating

– an overactive bladder – maybe you get up at night or have more pain when your bladder fills

– pain with intercourse, exercise or movement – that can be embarrassing as well as painful

– poor sleep, anxiety, fatigue or low mood – why you feel so unwell

– headaches or migraines – yes, they’re more common in women with endo

– heavy periods

– worries about fertility, or how men and women can best care for their fertility

And it’s easy to read.

What people who know have said about the book:

Lone Hummelshoj
The most easy-to-read and practical guide for women with endometriosis.
Judith Perryn OAM President, Endometriosis Association (QLD)Inc
A ‘must read’ book for anyone whose life is influenced by endometriosis.
Dr Michael East Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Christchurch, New Zealand
To be an effective clinician one has to be a good communicator, but good communication isn’t simply about answering questions asked. It is also about putting oneself in the shoes of the sufferer and answering questions that haven’t been asked. This book achieves such in bucket loads and I therefore recommend it to those who suffer and to those who comfort.
Professor Kerryn Phelps Past President Australian Medical Association
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any person wanting to understand endometriosis.
Dr Peter Maher President International Society Gynecologic Endoscopy
Dr Susan Evans, a recognised specialist in the treatment of endometriosis, has written an easy-to-read comprehensive summary of the up-to-date management of ‘endo’.
Ms Heather C. Guidone Executive Board Member, International Endometriosis Research Center, Florida, USA.
Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain” is the definitive guide to living well with – and in spite of – a confusing and painful disease. Women of all ages, their loved ones – and their physicians – simply must get this book. Written by leaders in the care and treatment of the disease, “Endometriosis and pelvic pain” is a literal handbook of empowerment that will enable patients to finally understand their pain and take charge of their care and treatment. Patients reading this book will finally feel validated, and physicians reading it will finally understand that endometriosis is more than just killer cramps which can be “cured” by hysterectomy or hormone therapy. This remarkable book should be given to every single gynecologist and their patients – it would drastically improve the current standard of care experienced by those with pelvic pain.