A new clinic for the treatment of endometriosis has been opened at Canberra Hospital.
The clinic will be housed in the hospital's gynaecology department and staffed by specialist surgeons and nurses.
ACT health minister Katy Gallagher said links were also being developed with other health professionals.
“We are developing links with other health professionals such as physiotherapists, chronic pain management, fertility specialists, psychologists and complimentary therapists," she said.
The health minister said a recent study of 16 to 18 year old girls in the ACT found that 26 percent regularly took one to two days off school each month to cope with their menstrual pain.
"Apart from the possibility of significant underachievement at school, a large percentage of these young women will have endometriosis," Ms Gallagher said.
"When they are finally given a diagnosis most women actually feel very relieved that they have a reason for their symptoms, as many have come to believe they are going mad and that it was all ‘in their head’.”
Endometriosis is a condition that affects roughly 10 percent of women, where the cells lining the uterus come to lie outside it, causing painful periods and infertility.