March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (tissue similar to the lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have endometriosis. Endometriosis is represented by the yellow ribbon.
Endometriosis frequently presents with the symptom of pain including dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), and chronic pelvic or abdominal pain. It can cause infertility and for women with subfertility the prevalence rate ranges from 25% to 40%.
Raise Awareness About Endometriosis During Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis is a fertility health issue that happens when cells or tissues similar to the tissues that form the uterine lining (the endometrium) relocate and begin to grow outside the uterus. Endometriosis can grow in and on the organs of the pelvic cavity. This includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bowel, for example. Some women experience endometriosis so severely that it is found on other organs throughout the body (although this is rare). So far, neither a cause nor a cure has been found.
“Endometriosis can have a devastating effect on quality of life due to its very painful symptoms. It is the biggest cause of infertility in women. And, endometriosis carries a huge personal and societal cost! It is time to raise awareness of a disease that affects women – and their families – in their most (re)productive years!” ~Endometriosis.org
Join #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth by sharing your personal story about endometriosis that focus on pain-related outcomes and fertility outcomes. In addition to sharing stories, discuss treatments that include pharmacological interventions (hormonal therapy, immune-modulators, anti‐inflammatory drugs), surgery, and alternative medicine that help endometriosis. Throughout Endometriosis Awareness Month, it’s important to share information to help inform other women about endometriosis diagnosis and treatment.
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