A North East Fire Service has been praised as it becomes the first in the UK to become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have revealed they have signed up to the scheme led by the charity Endometriosis UK.

The condition effects 1 in 10 women across the UK and can cause them to experience inflammation and chronic pain.

TWFRS say that being part of the scheme shows their commitment to providing those with the condition the necessary support to thrive at work.

And today (Wednesday) on of TWFRS’s highest ranking firefighters is proud to be breaking the stigma around endometriosis in workplace.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Lynsey McVay said “We need to be driving this positive change and not simply brushing women’s issues under the carpet.

“As an employer, we are committed to supporting our workforce and helping employees reach their full potential.

“People are at the heart of everything we do at TWFRS and that’s why we’re proud to have signed up to become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer.”

Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK said: “Employers who sign up to the scheme are helping break down the taboo and stigma around endometriosis and menstrual conditions, and developing work environments where all staff are comfortable talking about possible practical adjustments that could be of benefit.

“A huge thank you to TWFRS for championing and supporting those with endometriosis by signing up to the scheme.

“We now look forward to seeing many other employers following their lead”.

Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body, usually within the pelvic cavity.

Each month these cells react to the menstrual cycle in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding.

Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.

This leads to inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions). The condition can have a huge impact on a person’s work and career.

You can find out more about the scheme on the Endometriosis UK website