Women with endometriosis have been banned from serving in Spain's police force in a decision that has been called "degrading" and likened to "excluding all bond people". An estimated 10 per cent of women are affected by endometriosis, which can cause pelvic pain, heavy periods, painful bowel movements and infertility, meaning that thousands could be affected. Gynaecologists say the interior ministry’s change to the list of health-related exclusions shows a lack of understanding of a common condition. "It's a real outrage," said Maribel Acién, head of gynaecology at the San Juan University Hospital in Alicante. “To include it as a general exclusion seems degrading to me. Endometriosis affects a large number of the female population. It's like excluding all blond people.” “This is completely discriminatory, and excludes many women who are able to lead a normal life,” said Emi Escudero, spokeswoman for EndoSpain, an association that represents women with endometriosis. Numerous celebrities, from Chrissy Teigen to Whoopi Goldberg, have opened up about their personal experiences, showing just how common the condition is.