EASTENDERS’ Ruby Allen will be left distraught after receiving a heart-breaking endometriosis diagnosis.
Ruby – who is played by Louisa Lytton in the BBC One soap – recently suffered a tragic miscarriage last month in the BBC One soap but kept it a secret from her husband Martin.
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The club owner then falsely accused Stacey of pushing her down the stairs and deliberately killing her unborn baby.
But in tomorrow’s episode of EastEnders (March 25), Ruby and Martin attend a medical appointment where everything changes.
Ruby is rocked to the core when the gynaecologist informs her she might have endometriosis, which affects her fertility.
EastEnders has worked closely with Endometriosis UK, a charity supporting and providing information to those affected by endometriosis, to ensure the storyline closely reflects the experiences of women and their families impacted by the condition.
Endometriosis is a chronic and often debilitating condition that can lead to pelvic pain, bowel and bladder related problems, painful irregular periods, painful sex, depression and infertility.
The condition affects 1.5 million women in the UK, or 1 in 10 women from puberty to menopause, but is often left undiagnosed.
Endometriosis can worsen if left untreated.
Faye Farthing, Communications and Campaigns Manager for Endometriosis UK, said: “It’s a huge step forward to see EastEnders tackle endometriosis head on, a UK soap first that will no doubt help end the stigmas associated with the condition.
“We’re delighted to have been working closely with EastEnders on this story, and hope it will go a long way in removing the taboos and help anyone experiencing symptoms feel empowered to seek help – as latest statistics show 62% of women aged 16-24 have never heard of endometriosis and 80% would put off going to the doctor with symptoms.”
EastEnders has confirmed that Ruby will learn to live with endometriosis in the coming weeks as she experiences the heart-breaking impact of the condition.
Will Ruby's diagnosis affect her ongoing feud with Stacey?
Next week, Stacey says an emotional goodbye to her family as she heads off to prison.
But Lily struggles to understand why more is not being done to help her mum and, when Will Mitchell mentions that Honey’s injury brought the family closer, Lily hatches a plan.
Everyone panics when they find Lily unconscious at the bottom of the stairs, and a fraught Stacey rings an ambulance.
Will Lily’s stunt be a wake-up call for Ruby?
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