Disclosing private health information can be a difficult idea to enact. Work reputation, perceived employability and psychological stress may impede the process. While there are growing levels of workplace awareness and support around reproductive health conditions, it is important to inform and protect your health through a professional and carefully curated dialogue.
According to Public Health England (2018), a third of women in England are suffering from severe reproductive health problems. This includes endometriosis, infertility and the menopause; all conditions which can cause particular difficulties at work. With women representing just under half (46.5% in 2017) of the total labour force in the UK (The World Bank, 2017), reproductive health is an issue which needs consideration.
Dionne spent a gruelling six years suffering from pain. After years of not knowing, being turned away on many occasions and told her symptoms were "all in her head", she was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2016. The illness has caused her life to change dramatically and she is now campaigning to make other women and young girls aware of the illness.